The downpours have been relentless in Gauteng, and the northern parts of the province have been worst-hit. The Centurion floods swept away cars, destroyed shacks, and even forced 70 hotel guests into being airlifted to safety. Things are looking just as gloomy on Tuesday, as another weather warning has been issued:
⚠️WARNING⚠️: 10 December 2019- Heavy rain leading to localized flooding is expected over Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and northern KZN today Tuesday.
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) December 10, 2019
Vaal dam latest: Things aren’t looking good
For those of you looking for a silver lining, we’re afraid there are very few in these particular clouds. Although the Hartbeespoort Dam is now gushing with water, the same cannot be said for the troubled Vaal Dam. The facility, in the south of Gauteng, hasn’t experienced a sustained period of rainfall like other locations have. Latest estimates show the reserve is down 3% this week, and has dipped to 39% full.
— Bright nsovo (@BrightNsovo) December 10, 2019
Centurion weather warnings: A tale of two dams
Hartbeespoort is situated near the border of Gauteng and North West. This dam couldn’t be further away from a crisis, and Monday’s 89mm of rainfall over just 24 hours has seen the facility overflow on Tuesday morning. Spectacular videos of the thriving reserve are cropping-up everywhere on social media.
— Bright nsovo (@BrightNsovo) December 9, 2019
Centurion floods: How much rain fell in Gauteng on Monday?
Another 30-35mm is forecast to fall between Pretoria, Centurion and Midrand on Tuesday, adding more misery to a region already blighted by floodwaters.
The South African Weather Service (Saws) have released data showing exactly how much rain has fallen throughout Monday and Tuesday. It’s no wonder Centurion and Pretoria have found themselves underwater. Both regions have been drenched by more than 100mm of the wet stuff since the weekend:
- Pretoria (wider catchment area, including Centurion): 114mm
- Pretoria (central): 107mm
- Hartbeespoort: 89mm
- Bronkhorstspruit: 74mm
- Irene: 39mm
- Roodepoort: 30mm
- Springs: 26mm