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As more thunderstorms have been forecast for Johannesburg on Thursday, ER24 gave some tips for members of the public to use in case of emergency.
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 in order to protect your family and property. Below is a list of tips.
- Keep emergency numbers and important information handy. Also keep emergency supplies such as water, canned food, a can opener, battery-operated radio, flashlight and protective clothing ready.
- Keep a first aid kit.
- Turn off all your household electrical devices.
- Lock all doors and windows.
- Leave the area before it gets too late. Get to higher ground.
Should you be outdoors or in your vehicle, do the following:
- Climb to higher ground and stay there.
- Avoid walking through floodwaters – even 15 centimetres deep can sweep you off your feet.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
- Never drive through a flooded road as the road may be washed away.
- If you get swept away in the flood waters, try to grab on to anything you can to pull yourself to safety.
- Getting swept away while inside your vehicle can be extremely dangerous. If you are stuck inside your vehicle, roll down the windows and open the doors to allow water into your vehicle. Doing this will equal the pressure on both sides of the door, allowing you to escape your vehicle.
By following these few tips, you will be prepared in the event of a flash flood and remember, call 084124 for RealHelpRealFast.
Following the collapse of the boundary wall at the Joburg Zoo yesterday afternoon from the flash flooding, Jan Smuts Avenue south bound has been reopened.
The debris from the wall has been cleared up. The animals can not gain access to the road, as there is another fence blocking their path, but they are still visible from the road, Rosebank Killarney Gazette reports.
– Caxton News Service