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Roads to avoid in Durban owing to flooding

South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal - Durban, .21/05/2022. Heavy rain in Durban. Picture: Khaya Ngwenya/African News Agency (ANA)

South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal - Durban, .21/05/2022. Heavy rain in Durban. Picture: Khaya Ngwenya/African News Agency (ANA)

Published May 21, 2022


Durban - eThekwini Municipality has warned motorists to avoid certain roads that have been flooded due to persistent rain that has been pouring down since the early hours of Saturday.

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Several major roads in all parts of the city have been affected, forcing their partial closure.

At about 5pm, the municipality said the South African Weather Service had advised that the status of the weather warning level had increased to level 10, which is the highest.

The intensity of the rain is expected to subside only on Sunday.

Wet weather drenches Durban. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ANA

Msawakhe Mayisela, the city’s spokesperson, said it was expected that water levels on roads and in rivers would increase.

The municipality warned motorists to take note of and avoid the roads listed below:

-Isipingo on-ramp northbound, where water is high in the left lane.

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-Southbound on-ramp at the airport, where water is high on the left side. Water is also high just before the Platt Drive traffic lights on the left. Water is also high at the transit camp.

-There is a significant amount of water on South Coast Road joining Blamey Road westbound to Montclair. Please drive carefully.

-There is water and mud on the M7 in both directions between the N3 and Hans Dettman.

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-Water is filling up in Caversham Road, where the temporary repair was made.

-Stapleton and Eden roads in Pinetown have flooded along with the Stapleton Road offramp from the M13. These roads are closed.

-Motorists are warned not to use the M7 due to mudslides and water moving across the road.

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-Only the right lane is open going towards the M4 southbound leaving Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Victoria Embankment). All other lanes are filled with water.

-Only one lane is open in the vicinity of the old airport.

-Please avoid uMngeni Road, as it is filled with water.

-Tara Road and Quality Street in the South Durban Basin are flooded.

-Verulam’s Shari Road bridge in Everest Heights should be avoided.

-Bridges over Mountbatten and Varsity drives on the M19 are flooding.

-Avoid Florence Masinga Road behind Unisa.

-Avoid the N3 towards the CBD, as there is a lot of water on the road.

-Avoid Cope Road, at the lower end of Alpine Road off Sydenham.