Homes evacuated, residents stranded in Gauteng floods

Following heavy rains in Gauteng on Thursday and Friday, many residents have been left stranded after being forced to evacuate their homes.

Spokesperson for Tshwane Emergency Services Johan Pieterse, said it was difficult to evacuate some residents because they were concerned about their belongings.

It's all with regards to the security of their belongings and whatever they leave behind.

Johan Pieterse, Spokesperson, Tshwane Emergency Services

Pieterse areas like Soshanguve and Mamelodi are particularly problematic because of the soil there.

The water is going nowhere. We try our best to channel that water into different areas and directions. We even got front end loaders and graders to assist with the trenches so the water can move, but the water is too saturated, making the water stand still.

Johan Pieterse, Spokesperson, Tshwane Emergency Services

He said eventually the water will subside, but only if there is not further rain.

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