Msukaligwa Municipality issues warning on flash floods

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The Msukaligwa Municipality has issued a warning over floods that are likely to hit the area this rainy season.

According to municipal spokesman, Mr Mandla Zwane, flash floods are common in the summer and residents must be careful and vigilant when a storm approaches.

Mr Zwane has provided information on what is a flood and what to do when faced with one.

How do I know that a flood might occur?

· It is normally during the rainy season.

· The ground cannot absorb the amount of water quickly enough.

· Moderate rainfall occurs from slow moving storms resulting in a lot of rain over the same area.

· There is excessive rainfall over a short period of time.

· Previous rain has saturated the soil and another storm is threatening.

How do I safeguard myself and my family?

· Regardless of how a flood occurs, the rule for being safe is simple: head for higher

ground and stay away from flood waters.

· Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water.

· Stay away from flooded areas. Even if it seems safe.

· Discuss flood evacuation plan with your family.

· Assume that floodwater contains sewage.

Early warning response.

· Obey and react to the early warning.

· Evacuate the flooded area as soon as possible and request assistance from the Disaster

Management Centre. Please call 017 801 3400.

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Amanda Mthembu
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