GP emergency services work through the night to clear flood aftermath

Heavy rain hit parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane yesterday, causing flash floods.

The R55 between Kyalami and Waterfall has been closed off to traffic due to debris on road from flooding. Picture: Twitter/@Intanzi to @EWNTraffic

JOHANNESBURG – Emergency service officials have worked throughout the night to recover at least 150 vehicles trapped in flash floods on the N3 Highway in Linksfield.

At least one woman drowned after being trapped in her car.

Traffic in the area was brought to a standstill after a truck ploughed into nine vehicles, while some cars were seen floating on the freeway.

Heavy rain hit parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane yesterday, causing flooding.

A wall at the Johannesburg Zoo, in northern Johannesburg, also collapsed.

Metro Police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says they struggled to reach the affected areas.

“We are still dealing with that accident that’s fatal, where a truck went into about nine vehicles. We have our hands full. Water is all over, we haven’t even begun to do any clearing.”

The R24 west was also affected with many vehicles caught in water.

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

The Jukskei River burst its banks affecting the R55 in Kyalami.

Meanwhile, flights out of OR Tambo International Airport were also delayed due to a severe storm.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)