Fallen trees, traffic and flooding - rain wreaks havoc in Johannesburg

2018-03-23 08:09
Stranded cars are seen under the train bridge in Nelmapius Street in Pretoria. (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

Stranded cars are seen under the train bridge in Nelmapius Street in Pretoria. (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Three lanes on the M1 North were closed, after a tree fell on the highway, and two homes were flooded in Klipspruit as overnight flooding wreaked havoc in Johannesburg on Friday.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar confirmed the incidents and emergency services personnel cut up the tree.

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He described traffic as "very bad" and confirmed that a pedestrian was injured after being run over on Main Reef Road.

"A car is stuck in the floods in Bryanston, on Brooke Avenue," he added.

"Motorists are advised to drive carefully and abandon vehicles if [they get] stuck in the floods."

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Flooding was also reported on Leeuwkop and Rivonia roads.

Local emergency medical services also warned those living in low-lying areas to monitor the water levels in their surrounding area and to move to higher ground if necessary.

Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said overnight flooding was reported in Diepsloot Extension 7 and the Jackson informal settlement in the south of Johannesburg.

No incidents or fatalities have been reported, he said.

Severe flooding was also reported on Witkoppen Road and Fourways Boulevard on Thursday night, which persisted into Friday morning, he said.

He urged motorists to refrain from crossing flooded roads and bridges and encouraged them to take different routes instead.

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