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Cape Town - City traffic services were busy on Wednesday morning as roads flooded and vehicles crashed in heavy rain.
Spokesman Richard Coleman said his colleagues had their “hands full” with crash scenes and roads that were under water on Wednesday morning.
Authorities had closed the outbound lane of the N1 at Sable Road because it posed safety risks to motorists who were accustomed to speeding up just before the flooded section, he said.
Other flooded roads included Berkley Road, near Black River Park; Marine Drive, near Racecourse Road; and the outbound lane on the M5, near the N2 intersection. Rockfalls on Victoria Road, near Llandudno, blocked one lane.
A truck lost its load on the N7, near Plattekloof. There were crashes on Potsdam Road, the M3, the M5 and Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Coleman said.
Siyamboleka James, provincial chairman of shack dwellers’ organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo, said many low-lying informal settlements had been flooded.
On Tuesday, Disaster Risk Management said heavy rain had affected 160 000 shack-dwellers in the city over the past few days.
Meanwhile, prepare for low temperatures tonight in the wake of the deep cold front which brought rain and gales to the Cape of Storms early on Wednesday morning.
Jean-Pierre Arabonis, of Ocean Satellite Information Systems, said conditions were expected to improve this afternoon but warned temperatures would plummet and there could be snowfalls on the higher mountains.
KwaZulu Natal was also going to get a “thumping” today as the front moved up the coast, he said.
“I believe there is a light front coming through on Friday but Saturday might be quite nice. Tonight (Wednesday), however, it is going to be bitterly cold. After tonight, say tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon, it should start warming up a bit.”