Police offer safety tips ahead of possible floods

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Residents should be cautious as there is a possibility of flash floods this weekend, the Tshwane metro police have warned.

The warning comes despite the SA Weather Services dismissing claims of storms hitting Pretoria.

Forecaster Vanepia Phakula however, said there was a 30 percent chance of thundershowers expected across Pretoria on Friday afternoon.

“There will also be a 30 percent chance of thundershowers on Saturday and Sunday afternoon,” said Phakula.

The police said residents living in low lying areas should take special care during heavy rainfall as flash floods would affect them the most.

The police offered residents the following tips:

– If you live next to a river or stream, get to higher ground when the water level rises

– Never try to walk, swim or drive in swift flowing water

– Don’t try to drive over a low water bridge that has been flooded

– Teach your children not to swim in rivers, streams or ponds of water in open areas

– Do not drive during a severe storm – park in a safe place, away from electrical lines, trees, streams and rivers

– Keep important documents in a water resistant container.

Residents should contact 10177 or 012-310-6300/6400 in an emergency.

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