Motorists urged to avoid Joburg roads prone to flooding

2016-11-10 20:11
Flash flooding on the Johannesburg highways. (Supplied/News24 User)

Flash flooding on the Johannesburg highways. (Supplied/News24 User)

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Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has warned motorists to avoid roads which are prone to flooding including the N1 Buccleuch interchange, M1 Athol Road off-ramp and the N3 Linksfield Road.

JMPD's Wayne Minnaar has also warned motorists to avoid New Canada Road and Klipspruitvalley Road in Soweto.

This follows a flash flood that swept through Johannesburg leaving several people missing. 

On Wednesday several roads were flooded and flights were delayed at OR Tambo International Airport. A boundary wall at the Johannesburg Zoo had also collapsed when the floods first struck. No people or animals were harmed. 

Private paramedic services EMER-G-MED on Wednesday confirmed that two people had drowned. 

Minnaar reminded motorists to take alternative routes or make U-turns where it was possible.

"A lot of water can be very powerful and can wash away a vehicle. Yesterday six to nine vehicles were swept off the N3 at Linksfield by excessive storm water, motorists should drive with caution in the rain," Minnaar said.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of more severe thunderstorms on the way in the Ekurhuleni area, with reports of lightning grounding flights at OR Tambo, Traveller24 reported on Thursday.

"Warning 18:00-23:00 possible severe thunderstorms Ekurhuleni, Tshwane metropole, north-east part of Joburg metropole. Heavy rain, large hail," SAWS tweeted.

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