Motorists urged to be vigilant as rainy weather to stay a little longer in Gauteng
Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail|23 March 2018| 05 Rajab 1439
Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc with impending evacuations in Ekurhuleni, flooded bridges and sinkholes in Centurion and multiple accidents reported across Gauteng.
In Tshwane, 13 bridges have been closed to traffic due to flooding and several roads declared no-go zones.
The fire department has been called in to help with trees that have fallen over in Pretoria.
There are more warnings of flooding and heavy rain in Gauteng.
There are varioyus reports of flooding in parts of Randburg, Florida and Soweto.
The road in front of the Centurion Lake Hotel was closed today due to flooding as the rain continued.
Emergency procedures have been put in place at the hotel where the Hennops River has burst its banks.
Soshanguve residents who live near the banks of a river were left stranded after their homes were flooded.
The South African Weather Service says the rainy weather is likely to persist in Gauteng over the next 24 hours.It says from Saturday, the temperatures are expected to rise, putting the mercury back into the 20s.
The province has experienced heavy rains over the past two days resulting in major flooding in parts of the province.
Authorities have had to evacuate people from low lying areas while traffic police have responded to several multi-vehicle pile-ups as a result of slippery roads.
Motorists are being urged to be extra vigilant.
Forecaster Lulama Theme said: “Though we still have some patches of rain over the south-western parts, the northern-eastern and the eastern parts of the province are still given a 60% chance of showers and thundershowers with the central and south-western parts have a 30% chance.”
Extracts – EWN