National 25.7.2016 04:03 pm

Motorists asked to be careful on flooded roads

Umdloti North Beach Road Photo: Northcoast Courier

Umdloti North Beach Road Photo: Northcoast Courier

Motorists in KZN are urged to drive with extreme caution as heavy rainfall has caused roads to flood.

Motorists using South Coast and Blamey roads as well as the intersection on Coedmore and Kingfisher Road in the South Durban Basin, KwaZulu-Natal, are urged to avoid the areas as they have been flooded by heavy rains today, July 25, reports the Southlands Sun.

The cold front that hit KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend is still in full force, with heavy snowfall forecast for parts of the region and strong rains across Durban.

The Northcoast Courier reports that the downpour is expected to continue until Wednesday (60% chance), with no rain expected on Thursday and Friday, according to the SA Weather Service.

The weather service warns of gale force northeasterly winds later tonight and tomorrow, reaching a speed of 35 to 40 knots accompanied by high seas with 6m to 6.5m waves.

From 8am to 2.30pm today, the weather service measured 30.8mm in Durban, 56.6mm in La Mercy and 51.4mm in Mount Edgecombe.

On the Dolphin Coast, local WhatsApp groups have reported that three trees have fallen over, blocking Wilkes Road, Lagoon Drive and Simbithi Drive, and a large pothole has opened up in Leonora Drive.

The Shakaskraal Old Age Home is flooded, along with some of the town.

Localised flooding has been reported between Stanger and Durban, with a number of main roads under water.

Southlands Sun further reported on the following safety tips for motorists to follow:

  • Keep lights on to make yourself visible.
  • Reduce speed to minimise the risk of an accident.
  • Be alert on the roads. Watch out for cars and pedestrians.
  • Be patient and stay calm.
  • Keep a safe following distance between yourself and the car in front of you.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Ensure that your wipers are fully functional.

View this video posted by Southlands Sun:

Many took to Twitter to praise the rainfall:

Caxton News Service

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