Gauteng floods: One person drowns in Linksfield area

Rescue operations are underway after at least 150 cars were caught in the flash flooding.

Emer-G-Med paramedics are on the scene of flsh floods on the N3 in the Linksfield area, where cars have been flooded - some pushed off the road. Picture: @EMER_G_MED.

JOHANNESBURG - Emer-G-Med has confirmed that a woman has drowned after being caught in flooding on the N3 in the Linksfield area.

Rescue operations are underway after at least 150 cars were caught in the flash flooding during rush hour.

Many people were trapped in their vehicles as water levels began to rise.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen said, “Emer-G-Med paramedics are at a scene of a serious flash flooding incident on the N3 in Linksfield upwards, approximately 10 ten have been pushed off the highway and down the embankment, some have been completely submerged in the river. One person has drowned and multiple other sustained minor injuries and were treated on the scene.”

Traffic officials have warned motorists to avoid the Linksfield and Edenvale areas as the N3 is closed.

Earlier, the R24 west was also affected with many vehicles caught in water.

A number of other roads have also been flooded.

The Juksei River has burst its banks, affecting the R55 in Kyalami.

North Rand Road in Boksburg has been flooded, along with a few roads in the Johannesburg CBD.

Meanwhile, flights out of OR Tambo International Airport have also been delayed due to the severe storm.