South Africa 30.1.2017 01:46 pm

Motorists urged to be cautious on Gauteng’s flooded roads

A woman and a rescue worker drowned after a minibus taxi was trapped in floodwater in Frischgewaagd village in Mpumalanga on Saturday. Photo: Facebook (Dolly Mthweni)

A woman and a rescue worker drowned after a minibus taxi was trapped in floodwater in Frischgewaagd village in Mpumalanga on Saturday. Photo: Facebook (Dolly Mthweni)

The province has experienced heavy rainfall, including flash floods.

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Monday urged motorists to drive carefully, as continued rainfall had flooded most provincial roads since the weekend.

Road maintenance teams were out attending to flooded roads, he said.

“Although there are no provincial roads reported to be structurally damaged as a result of the continuing heavy rainstorms, some roads were affected due to debris. The department’s team is currently clearing rubble at the Witkoppen Road bridges, including stormwater drains across all roads. Furthermore, a standby team has been assembled to attend to any emergencies that might occur,” Vadi said.

“I appeal to motorists to exercise extra caution on the roads, as heavy rains are expected to continue throughout the province.”

The province has experienced heavy rainfall, including flash floods while other provinces, such as Mpumalanga and Limpopo also experienced heavy rainfall from the weekend.

 

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