The Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) urged drivers to exercise extra caution on the roads on Monday as flash flooding hit parts of the city.
JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said officers had been dispatched to several areas to try to maintain order as heavy traffic compounded weather-related issues.
“Two traffic lanes are blocked off at the moment on the M1 south and M1 north double decker in Newtown due to flooding on the freeway. Motorists should exercise caution as JMPD officers are monitoring that situation,” he said.
“Klipsruitvalley Road is also flooded in Orlando West, Soweto, between Chris Hani Road and Moroka Nancefield Road. Motorists should drive through Orlando West this afternoon to avoid the flooded area.”
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 5, 2020
The SA Weather Service also issued an advisory to motorists: Reduced driving visibility this Monday afternoon and evening during peak traffic in Gauteng province due to yellow thunderstorm warning.
“Drive safely. Keep a safe following distance.”
⛈Flooding over parts of Johannesburg this afternoon (05 October 2020). Source: Gauteng Weather FB. Drive safely. pic.twitter.com/fjwXsLQjRJ
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) October 5, 2020