Joburg City Power under pressure to deal with yesterday’s thunderstorms backlogs

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City Power in Johannesburg says it’s under tremendous pressure to deal with backlogs that have resulted from yesterday’s thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in different parts of the city.

Several trees fell on the roads and driveways and had to be removed. In areas such as Rosebank, Lyndhurst, Sandton and Linden, ice and strong winds damaged infrastructure.

Property damaged by the storm in Johannesburg

City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena says mop-up operations are still underway and they are working with Joburg City Parks to assist with removing the trees that have damaged infrastructure.

“We are currently sitting at about 2500 outage calls from customers. We are under stress because of the aftermath of the thunderstorms. Mop-up operations are still under way and we are working with our colleagues from Joburg City Parks so that they can assist especially removing the trees that have damaged our infrastructure.”

Motorists have been advised to exercise extreme caution on the roads. Residents in low-lying areas are also urged to avoid crossing rivers and to keep children indoors. The heavy rains are expected to persist throughout Gauteng for the rest of the week.