N1 near Laingsburg reopened after floods

The N1 Highway running through Laingsburg was closed earlier due to severe flooding.

FILE: Roads flooded due to heavy rains in Cape Town. Picture: iWitness

CAPE TOWN - Heavy flooding caused by rivers bursting their banks have led to a number of road closures around the Western Cape.

The N1 Highway running through Laingsburg has now been reopened to traffic.

Parts of the province were lashed by torrential rains on Tuesday and rescuers are still searching for two missing women, who were swept along the flooded Breede River in Robertson.

Roads were also flooded in Beaufort West, Ashton and Swellendam.

Laingsburg chief traffic officer Anton Cole says, "The N1 has been reopened and we will monitor the situation during the course of the day."

At the same time Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle believes speeding may have played a role in a fatal minibus taxi accident outside Worcester earlier this week.

Nine security guards died and nine other passengers were injured when the taxi crashed into the back of a stationary truck, also on the N1 Highway.

The truck driver emerged unscathed.

Carlisle says police have opened a case of culpable homicide.

"The speed limit for that area is an 80 kilometres per hour zone and it was exceeded. We're going to battle to establish that."

At least 129 lives were lost on the province's roads last month, a slight decrease from the 153 deaths reported for the same month in 2012.