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Heavy rains cause chaos across Pretoria

News24
21 Nov 2020, 21:10 GMT+10

Heavy rains in Pretoria caused several incidents of flooding across the metro this week.

Major traffic backups, flooded roads and bridges, vehicles stuck in water, uprooted trees and flooded houses were reported to the Tshwane Emergency Services calls centre on Friday, said the City's emergency services department spokesperson, Charles Mabaso.

Firefighters were called out to remove uprooted trees and clear debris from various suburbs.

They had to cut off and remove trees that were uprooted by the storm [in] Nelson Mandela Drive and Willow Street in Arcadia, Limpopo Avenue and Toermalyn Street in Lyttelton Manor, Nico Smith and 21st Streets in Villieria, Leeds and De Rapper Street in Sunnyside, as well Biko Street in Arcadia.

"The water levels along the path of the Apies River, through areas such as the Rooiwal, Hammanskraal into Bosplaas, and Maubane in the neighbouring Moretele District Municipality, remain significantly high and residents and motorists should remain vigilant around those areas," he added.

Earlier in the month, heavy rains caused localised flooding in parts of the city.

Source: News24

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