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Johannesburg roads flooded

2012-09-07 08:15

Johannesburg - Some roads in the centre of Johannesburg were flooded on Friday morning, Johannesburg metro police said.

"The intersection of Commissioner and Troy Streets in the CBD is flooded, a car had to be towed off the water," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnar.

He said motorists should avoid Commissioner Street and use Anderson as an alternative route.

"Roads are still slippery. Motorists are requested to drive carefully," he said.

Chaos

Stormy weather battered large parts of the country on Thursday, with dozens of people being displaced and cars being swept away.

Emergency and disaster officials remain on stand-by in areas where residents had been warned of possible floods as torrential rainfall was expected to continue on Friday.

Thunderstorms and heavy rains caused flooding in Cleveland, Parktown, on the M1 highway at Smit Street, at Klipspruit Valley Road and New Canada Road in Soweto, Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said.

Three vehicles were swept off a bridge on Nancefield Road in Soweto, near the Maponya Hostel.

Metrorail services in Gauteng were disrupted after lightning hit a substation at Pinedene station in Centurion, causing major delays.

Motorists across the country were also warned to be careful on the wet and slippery roads.

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Comments
  • richard.clemitson - 2012-09-07 08:55

    all that is needed is a bit of will power to get people to clean the stormwater drains this could be done during winter and also employ people as well, but I think this is just too much to ask from our world class african city, they have more important things to do like being too busy trying to figure out why the traffic lights don't work when it rains or too busy rejecting people's billing issues because remenber that does not exist either, time to vote them out I would put my head on the block and take a bet with whoever that if the DA took over everything would work..........

      logical007 - 2012-09-07 09:48

      And a good remuneration for that highly skilled job would be R12500, otherwise we will have a strike with Malema in the front!

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-09-07 09:10

    So Mr Wayne Minnaar the car was floating on the water. I always thought that a car would have been in the water not on it

  • adrienne.molyneux.3 - 2012-09-07 09:22

    perhaps if the City authorities maintained the stoprm-water drainige system, there would not be such chaos! Witkoppen road travelling west was flooded on all the lowlying areas - year after year, and nothing gets done!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-07 09:33

    Thanks to the ANC we do not have storm water drains anymore.....useless bunch of overpaid incompetent people...

  • uwe.klopfer - 2012-09-07 10:01

    1. These roads are flooded because the drainage system is clogged up and blocked due to no maintanance. Would the R 80 billion back fix this as well I wonder ? 2. It's a miracle car...on the water you say ? Must be charmed by one of those "Professors" or "doctors" or "herbal whatshisnames" you get the flyers about everywhere...

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