National 9.11.2016 09:06 pm

Update: Cars submerged after flash flooding in Linksfield

More than 10 cars are submerged in water after flash flooding pushed them off the highway and down an embankment on Wednesday evening, November 9. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

More than 10 cars are submerged in water after flash flooding pushed them off the highway and down an embankment on Wednesday evening, November 9. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Reports on social media say a section of the roof at OR Tambo International Airport has collapsed in the storm that hit Joburg on Wednesday.

A flash flood on the N3 in Linksfield, in the northeast of Johannesburg, on Wednesday afternoon affected more than 100 cars, with more than 10 cars pushed off the highway, down an embankment and submerged in water.

Emer-G-Med paramedics are attending to the scene and spokesperson Max Cohen said at this stage it is believed that one person drowned. By 9pm, Cohen said paramedics and rescue officials found a second drowning victim during search and rescue operations on the N3 in Linksfield.

“Emer-G-Med paramedics are attending to multiple patients with minor injuries,” he said, and urged motorists to avoid the area and that the highway would be closed for some time.

 

 

The N3 highway in Linksfield is affected by a flash flood. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

The N3 highway in Linksfield is affected by a flash flood. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Paramedics attend to the scene of a flash flood on the N3 highway. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Paramedics attend to the scene of a flash flood on the N3 highway. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

More than 100 cars are affected by the flash flood. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

More than 100 cars are affected by the flash flood. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Paramedics warn motorists to avoid the N3 highway. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Paramedics warn motorists to avoid the N3 highway. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Meanwhile, the Randburg Sun is reporting that flights out of OR Tambo International Airport have been delayed as stormy weather hit Johannesburg.

@crimeairnetwork tweeted that a section of the airport’s roof collapsed and that the airport’s parking was flooded.

Many Joburgers took to social media to share their photos of the storm:

The Alex News reported the banks of the Jukskei River burst near Sthwela in Alexandra, flooding shacks along the river.

Yvonne Maswanganyi told Alex News, via the WhatsApp group, that the road near the Alexandra Police Station had also been flooded, and several cars had been swept away.

The road leading to the Alex Police Station is flooded. Picture: Alex News.

The road leading to the Alex Police Station is flooded. Picture: Alex News.

The Jukskei River in Fourways flooded and affected traffic flow.

Traffic caused by the flooding. Picture: Fourways Review.

Traffic caused by the flooding. Picture: Fourways Review.

Caxton News Service

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