Metro warns residents about possible flooding

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THE City of Ekurhuleni’s Disaster and Emergency and Management Services (DEMS) and the South African Weather Services (SAWS) urge people to be on high alert for floods caused by the prolonged heavy rainfalls, especially those who are located in low-lying parts of the metro.

In a statement issued today by William Ntladi, spokesperson for the DEMS, the City said the consistent pours experienced last week and weeks before, have made grounds saturated, which will lead to flooding.

The City urged people to refrain from crossing low lying bridges and swollen streams where water is above ankle level.

Parents of school children who will be going to the official school closing tomorrow are encouraged to accompany them, especially those walking past trenches, crossing rivers, walking inside tunnels and culverts.

The City warned that open water streams could often pose danger to everyone near, as water levels are high.

DEMS also said drowning is one of the challenges during the rainy seasons.

Parents are advised to be extra cautious and always ensure that they know where their children are all the times.

In case of emergencies, people can do the following:

Direct line: (011) 458 0911, cell phone 112, or National emergency number 10177.

Ensure that you have the emergency call centre contact numbers readily and clearly displayed for everyone to know and to use. Numbers should be saved and easy to access on your telephone or cellular phone.

Speak clearly on the phone when reporting an emergency. Provide the operators with all the necessary details required and do not end the conversation until all questions are answered.

“It is advisable to listen to the radio or watch television for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officials.

DEMS is on high alert for any eventualities that might erupt as a result,” said Ntladi.

Ntladi also said communities affected by flooding or any life-threatening emergencies are advised to call the emergency call centre immediately for swift intervention.

Tumi Riba

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