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TIPS: How to navigate around flash flood threats

MMC for Public Safety in the City Of Johannesburg David Tembe has issued flash flood tips to residents in the wake of catastrophic storms.

JOHANNESBURG EXPERIENCES FLASH FLOOD DISASTER

Inclement weather in Gauteng has caused flooding in many parts of Johannesburg and as a result infrastructure and private property were damaged.

Tembe said the City Of Johannesburg would like to warn residents about the impact and effects of flash floods in Johannesburg.

“A flash flood is when a low-lying area or location experiences a rapid influx of rainwater or heavy downpours over a short period.”

Tembe

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TIPS TO NAVIGATE AROUND FLOODED AREAS

In an event of flooding DO NOT PANIC and follow the below SAFETY TIPS.

Flooding for Residents

  • If you are in a low-lying area, immediately evacuate to higher ground.
  • Keep away from power lines and the use of electrical equipment.
  • Children should not play in stormwater drains/ditches.

Flooding in cars

  • Do not panic
  • Never drive through flooded roads/ bridges
  • Evacuate car caught in rising water.
  • Heed road closure warnings

DAVID TEMBE LAUNCHES THE FLOOD AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The flash floods tips follow the launch of the Flood Awareness campaign.
Last month, the Public Safety Department launched the Flood Awareness campaign at Setswetla Informal Settlement in Alexandra.

According to the City of Joburg EMS, the campaign aimed to increase awareness of flood risks in the area and provide information and advice to help residents protect their homes.
EMS Chief Tshepo Makola and staff joined MMC for Public Safety Cllr. David Tembe, Acting JMPD Chief Maxwell Khanyile and MMC for Economic Development, Cllr. Nkuli Mbundu.

The area around the Juskei River has been identified as high risk due to the past incidents where the riverbank flooded, leaving many households homeless.

Report any flash flood incidents on the Help Line: 011 375 5911

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