Gauteng residents warned to expect flooding as thunderstorm hits province

Thundershowers are expected to lash in most parts of the province on Thursday, with concerns about strong winds in some places.

FILE: Flooding in Johannesburg on Saturday, 8 February 2020. Picture: Twitter/MyJRA

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng residents are waking up to a severe thunderstorm with heavy rain that could lead to localised flooding.

Thundershowers are expected to lash most parts of the province on Thursday with concerns about strong winds in some places.

• EWN Weather watch: Thunderstorm warning for parts of GP & KZN

Mpumalanga, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape can also expect severe thundershowers on Thursday.

Weather forecaster Vanisha Phakula said: “We are expecting localised flooding over Gauteng and the rain will be on and off for most of the day. So, there is a band that is passing now which will give us a significant amount of rain and then we will see it again in the afternoon.”

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA’s) said that its teams were monitoring 450 areas in the city.

The JRA’s head of infrastructure Siyabonga Genu said that some of the hot spots which could see localised flooding included Ivory Park, Diepsloot, parts of Soweto and Eldorado Park.

“I think we have a problem with aging infrastructure, it’s not adequate to deal with some of the heavy rain. We experienced that last weekend when it was raining heavily. We’ve got a number of low-lying bridges across the city.”

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