South Africa, Pretoria – The City of Tshwane Emergency Services had issued an alert to residents on Sunday in anticipation of the disruptive rain following observation of the destruction caused by tropical cyclone Eloise in other provinces and updates by the South African Weather Service.
Streets considered high-risk are Paul Kruger Street near the Wonderboom Pass, Vom Hagen Street, Centurion area (Rabie and End streets, Irene Bridge, Lenchen Road, West and Hall) and the Centurion Lake.
“Some of the roads and bridges have been closed and we urge motorist to use alternative routes, and residents of areas in proximity to these areas not to hesitate to move to safety as emergency services and other stakeholders continue to monitor the area,” Mabaso said.
“Keep safe following distances and drive at significantly reduced speed during rain and on wet road surfaces. Find an alternative route and do not attempt to cross flooded bridges and streams.
“Channel water away from houses by digging furrows, making openings in the wall and placing sandbags to prevent water from coming into the house/yard. Cover valuables like furniture and move them to higher ground if possible.
“Switch off electrical appliances if the house gets flooded. We call on residents to be vigilant and alert as the rain and persistent showers are anticipated in the coming weekend, which may result in further flooding of low-lying areas.
Residents are reminded to report any fire or life-threatening emergency to the Emergency Services at 107 or call 012 358 6300/6400.