Heavy rain and flooding – what you need to know!

09 December 2019 | From Arrive Alive


ER24, Tshwane Fire and EMS, as well as several other services, are currently assisting the public in the Centurion, and surrounding areas, following heavy rains and flooding. Numerous people have been left stranded in buildings, as well as others searching for higher ground.

Heavy rainfall contributes to smaller rivers and low-lying areas filling up quickly, leaving dangerous conditions across large parts of an affected area.

Below are some tips that we at ER24 urge all the members of the public to take note of.

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of a low-lying area. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane or even a tropical storm. Flash floods are distinguished from regular floods by a timescale of less than six hours. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So, if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan accordingly to protect your family and property.

Keep an eye out for weather warnings, radio announcements and news articles. Only trust warnings from verified sources and do not distribute warnings circulating on WhatsApp and other social media channels that cannot be verified. These warnings cause unnecessary panic and may cause further harm.

If you are caught in a heavy storm, try and find cover. Ensure that you are not in the open or near any large trees or high rising objects that might be struck by lightning. In large open spaces, you may also be at risk to be struck by lightning. Be sensible and seek cover.

Remember that visibility will be decreased during heavy downpours and this will affect your ability to see other vehicles on the road as well as pedestrians. Keep a longer than normal following distance and ensure that you decrease your speed. Your vehicle must be roadworthy and your windscreen wipers must be in perfect condition. Should you feel that you cannot continue your journey, rather stop at your closest filling station or covered area. Avoid stopping on the side of highways or under bridges.

Where an area is flooded, it is advisable to seek an alternative route and not to attempt to cross the road or surface. More than often there is debris that is not visible and the current may be stronger than what is perceived.

If you are trapped in your vehicle during a flash flood, rather attempt and abandon your vehicle to try and get to higher ground. If you get swept away while in the flood waters, try to grab onto anything you can to pull yourself to safety.

If flooding occurs at your home, ensure that all your electrical devices are switched off at the main distribution board. Do not attempt to unplug or switch off electrical devices near water. Rather disconnect all main power from your main distribution board in your house. It is advisable that you know where this distribution board is situated and where the main switch is located.

Move to higher ground and inform emergency services of the situation.

Remember to keep a first aid kit and always ensure you have the necessary emergency numbers at hand and someone knows the route you are traveling.

Russel Meiring
Communications Office
Corporate Communications
ER24
 

Share This Page

Tell a friend icon Tell a Friend | Fax machine icon Print this Page

News Articles

12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
The swift response by Maitland Flying Squad members resulted in the arrest of five suspects involved in a business robbery in Observatory. Last night, 2020-07-10, members of Maitland Flying Squad followed up information of a VW Jetta that was involved in a business robbery in Observatory. The vehicle
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
The driver of a white Kia bakkie suffered Injuries after he attempted to jump out of a truck that was overturning after he lost control. Paramedics from Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene at 11:50 this morning (Sunday 12/07/2020). Upon arrival medics interviewed the uninjured
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
A man believed to be in his forties sustained critical injuries in a single vehicle crash along the R33 in Cramond, Pietermaritzburg. At approximately 8pm, on Saturday evening, paramedics from ER24, SAPS and the local fire department attended the scene. Upon assessment, they found the man lying outside
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Today marks World Head Injury Awareness Day, a day dedicated to the prevention of head injuries. Head or brain injuries may be as mild as concussion or as debilitating as severe brain injuries. Dr Robyn Holgate, ER24’s Chief Medical Officer, answers some questions around misconceptions people might
12 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
A family were robbed by three armed suspects while having a cookout at their home on Clinch Crescent in Virginia - Durban on Saturday evening. Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) received information at approximately 19:48 that the suspects white Mazda SUV with GP registration plates was seen heading
11 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
Gauteng: At 21H53 Friday night Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on Victoria Road in Lombardy East. Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of a light motor vehicle lost control then crashing into a tree. The patient was found to have sustained serious injuries and was treated
11 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
This afternoon Kwazulu Private Ambulance Service responded to Madadeni road for reports of a collision. When emergency services arrived they found that 2 vehicles had collided. Paramedics quickly assessed the scene and found that 3 occupants sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious. The
11 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
The body of an unidentified man was discovered by employees of a farm dumped in a bush in the vicinity of the Hazelmere Umgeni Water Treatment Plant off Vincent Dickinson Road in Canelands earlier today (Saturday). Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) received reports of the discovery at approximately
11 Jul 2020 | From Arrive Alive
This morning Kwazulu Private Ambulance Service responded to the R34 Bothas Pass for reports of a collision. When emergency services arrived they found that a vehicle had lost control and overturned. Paramedics quickly assessed the scene and found a single occupant that had sustained serious injuries. The

News Archive

Home  |  
Contact  |  
Browser  |  
Disclaimer  |  
CMS  |  
© 2020 - All Rights Reserved www.arrivealive.co.za