PICS: Durban deluge and flash floods

2016-03-17 08:27
Water surges down Che Guevara Road in Glenwood during heavy rains in Durban (Tebogo Letsie, Supplied to News24)

Water surges down Che Guevara Road in Glenwood during heavy rains in Durban (Tebogo Letsie, Supplied to News24)

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Durban - Residents of Durban dealt with a deluge on Wednesday night, with many areas reporting cases of flash flooding.

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Roads across the city remain closed by downed trees and other debris that is obstructing thoroughfares.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Sbonelo Mchunu said officers had had a busy night.

“We went to many accidents that were flood related and also had to deal with the closure of many roads because of the rising water levels. Even now [on Thursday morning] we are assisting personnel from the Durban Solid Waste Department as they clear debris from the roads. This has prompted widespread road closures,” he said.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said that while many cases of flooding had been reported, there had been no recorded fatalities.

(Ceron Jacobs, RescueCare, Supplied to News24)

Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said that paramedics “had their hands full”. 

“Excessive rains caused flash floods throughout the greater Durban area. One incident on the N2 near the M25 saw three people sustain minor to moderate injuries in a collision involving two light motor vehicles. They were attended to on scene before being taken to hospital for further care.

(Ceron Jacobs, RescueCare, Supplied to News24)

“Roads within the Durban North area were severely affected, with storm water manhole covers lifting, causing serious danger to motorists. Crisis Medical's scene safety crew hand their hands full in efforts to prevent potential motor vehicle collisions,” he said.

“We advise the public to please heed caution when travelling today as roads are still very wet, with reports of flooding in certain intersections. Traffic lights have also been affected by the rain in certain areas and we remind motorists to please treat these intersections as four way stops,” Van Reenen added.

A bakkie partially submerged in Pinetown. (Jeremy Berry, Supplied to News24)

A bakkie partially submerged in Pinetown. (Jeremy Berry, Supplied to News24)

(Ceron Jacobs, RescueCare, Supplied to News24)

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