Tips of how to survive flash floods (indoors and in a vehicle)

A villager uses a makeshirt raft to transport relatives through floodwaters in Bartezpur village, Guwahati on September 23, 2014 | © AFP | Biju Boro (file image)

MMC for Health and Social Development, Mpho Phalatse, said that the City of Joburg will run a responsive and caring government. In line with this, R15 million has been allocated for emergency stormwater interventions across the city through our adjustment budget which was passed in Council.

A further R9.2 million has also been allocated for new stormwater management projects to accommodate the increase in urgent storm water work in the current financial year and years to follow.

Phalatse said, “On behalf of the CoJ, our thoughts and prayers are with Dikeletso Matsheletja’s family during this difficult time. May her soul rest in peace.”

Matsheletja slipped and fell into a stormwater drain in Braamfischerville last Thursday following the heavy rains.

When Outdoors:

  • If you are outdoors and a flash flood is likely, get to higher ground immediately
  • Keep out of places that are likely to flood such as ditches or dry stream beds
  • Avoid already flooded areas and high-velocity flow areas
  • Never attempt to run across flooding water when the water is above your ankles
  • If you are in a car during a flood, never drive through flooded roadways. Turn around and go the other direction
  • Do not walk into or near high water
  • Keep children from drainage ditches and stormwater drains.

When in a vehicle:

  • NEVER drive into water covering the road. You do not know how deep it is or if the road is washed away
  • Turn around and go the other way
  • Look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas
  • If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground
  • Be cautious, especially at night when visibility is impaired
  • Do not park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.

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