The Gauteng Weather Service warned motorists of extensive flooding in Centurion after the Hennops and Appies rivers broke their banks due to the heavy rain.
Motorists have also been cautioned to avoid the R55 leading to Valhalla, after a car drove into a sinkhole.
Natural #Sinkhole or poor construction?Road which collapsed earlier in Gauteng rains.Time will https://t.co/8x63zSKqTU thing is certain shoddy workmanship leads to such incidents and public procurement has over time not given the state value for money. #flooding pic.twitter.com/DmiuOMcO5B
— KevinSifisoMalunga (@KevinMalunga) March 23, 2018
Residents have been to avoid all streams and low-lying areas when flooded and were warned not to attempt hazardous crossings.
The heavy rainfall also plunged most areas of the City of Tshwane into darkness on Friday morning.
City of Tshwane’s Selby Bokaba says it will take a while until power is restored.
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“Some of our networks are not coping with this amount of rainfall. So, that’s why we are having some of these problems. To a certain extent, there would be the issue of infrastructure, but we are replacing our infrastructure and we are maintaining our infrastructure,” City of Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba told EWN.
The Tshwane Emergency Service Department is warning motorists to avoid driving over low-lying bridges during flash-flood conditions.
Here are a few tips they offer to help motorists survive heavy flooding:
- If you’re caught in a flash flood, do not drive through or over a flooded road or bridge
- Turn back and try a higher route and don’t stay in the flooded area
- If your vehicle is surrounded by water, get out and seek higher ground
- If you are stranded in a tree or building, don’t leave it to enter the flood water. Make alarm and wait for rescuers
- If you are on foot, be aware that you can be knocked down by just 15 cm of moving water. If you come upon moving water, do not walk into it
- If you can, try to avoid contact with any flood waters. The water may be contaminated with raw sewage, oil or gasoline, and may also be charged with electricity from down power lines
- Be especially vigilant at night when it is harder to recognise potentially deadly road hazards
- Do not camp or park your car along rivers or washes, especially during heavy rains or thunderstorms
Be conscious of your car’s limitations:
- If you drive through water that is 15cm deep or more, your car could lose control and stall
- 30cm of water is enough to float most cars, and 60 cm of rushing water can indeed carry away cars, SUVs and pick-ups
— IG : andilebhala (@andilebhala) March 23, 2018
#Flooding : Seeing images from Katlehong this morning. We call for all Emergency Services Stakeholders in RSA to be better prepared to deal with floods in Townships & Informal Settlements. To the communities affected, Please be vigilante and safeguard childrens during this time. pic.twitter.com/2AXjiFTYXW
— Township Brands (@TownshipBrands) March 23, 2018
— IG: @Im_KgotsoM (@Im_KgotsoM) March 23, 2018
— Black Gem ? (@PietersenMasego) March 23, 2018
⛔️Almost all low-level bridges in Tshwane closed
?Evacuations in Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa & Mamelodi
⬅️?➡️ Jukskei threatening to burst banks
?Floods in parts of Pretoria, Centurion, Sandton, Randurg & Roodepoort
?Many traffic lights out due to rain
— Rieks Towing ® (@Rieks_Towing) March 23, 2018