Roads under water

2019-02-13 06:02

Bloemfontein residents bear the brunt of the problems caused by neglect and poor service delivery as they battle flooded roads after the much-needed rainfall.

Heavy rainfall over three days left several stranded after a number of roads were flooded.

Stormwater drains on most of the roads appeared to be entirely blocked, resulting in the flooding.

Sections of the pavement in Bloemfontein’s central business district were completely under water.

Such scenes were visible in St Andrews Street, Charlotte Maxeke Street and Hanger Street.

Three of the main roads carrying heavy traffic to and from the city, Dr Belcher Road, Fort Hare and Oliver Tambo Road, were no exception, as sections of these three roads were flooded.

Heavy rain pelted down on Monday (11/02) evening, causing the gutters to overflow.

People trying to navigate a section of Oliver Tambo Road on foot were up to their knees in water.

The subway bridge in Dr Belcher Road was temporarily closed off for traffic.

Despite the situation posing a threat to motorists, some took the risk and attempted to drive through the flooded subway bridge.

Three vehicles, including a government ambulance, got stuck.

The wheels of the ambulance, Toyota Quantum and Corsa Utility were submerged in water, causing them to stall.

The drivers and the occupants were forced to climb out of the vehicles.

It is not clear whether or not the ambulance, which was stuck for more than an hour, carried patients.

patients were in the ambulance which got stuck for more than honour under the subway bridge.The three vehicles had to be pulled out of the flooded subway bridge.

The subway bridge poses a challenge to motorists whenever heavy rainfall occurs.

The junction opposite the Pelonomi Hospital on Dr Belcher road also remains a concern for motorists and home owners, as the road has been flooded for more than five days. over five days in the wake of good rainfall.

  • According to the South African Weather Service, parts of Bloemfontein had good rainfall of just under 30 mm.

According to Kevin Ingram, weather forecaster, Monday’s rainfall was measured at 24 mm.

This was the biggest downpour in the past four days.

On Friday (08/02), 22 mm were measured, while 8 mm and 5 mm were measured on Saturday (09/02) and Sunday (10/02) respectively.

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