Centurion floods: Several rescued as wet weather persists

Parts of the town were flooded with several roads completely covered as rainy weather conditions continued in Gauteng.

Emergency services rescue people in Centurion following floods on 9 December 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

TSHWANE - Tshwane Emergency Services on Monday said they had rescued at least five people from severe flooding in Centurion.

Parts of the town were flooded with several roads completely covered, as rainy weather conditions continued in Gauteng.

Two people were rescued from their car, while three people were rescued from an informal settlement near SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium.

Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso said: “Road users should not attempt to cross the two low water bridges and any other stream where the water has swelled above normal. They should rather use alternative routes.”

Tshwane residents were urged to avoid central Centurion while emergency services attempted to clean up the area.

Meanwhile, heavy rains were expected to persist until at least Wednesday.

The Department of Water and Sanitation urged Gauteng residents to avoid crossing flooded rivers and bridges over the next 48 hours. The department said it was ready to open sluice gates to release water from the dams that were full to avoid any possible flooding.

“We must always remember that the rain in Gauteng is primary slow rather to the north-west. We are still waiting for the flow that comes from the catchment areas in Northern Cape, Free State, North West, as well as Mpumalanga,” said spokesperson Sputnik Ratau.

At the same time, at least 70 people were being evacuated from Centurion Lake Hotel after heavy flooding on the ground floor.

Military choppers were being used to rescue people who were stuck in the hotel since Monday morning.

ER24’s spokesperson Russell Meiring said paramedics were on hand to help.

“ER24 paramedics, along with the provincial services as well as several other services, are hard at work in the Centurion and surrounding areas after the heavy flooding. A military chopper is on the scene and has unloaded several people who were rescued from the floods,” he said.

While there were no deaths reported, emergency services across Gauteng remained on high alert.

Motorists and pedestrians are urged to avoid the following roads:

• West Avenue at SuperSport Park
• Lenchen Noord en Suid
• End & Rabie
• Wes laan
• Nelmapius
• Lyttelton road
• Samrand road
• Jean Avenue
• Pothole on Hendrik Verwoerd bridge
• John Vorster to Lake Hotel on Hendrik Verwoerd
• Ruimte/ R55
• Apiesdoring at Amberfield College
• Aletta/ Louise Street Rooihuiskraal