The city of Bloemfontein has been blessed with heavy rainfall for the past few days. Although residents are grateful for the downpour, various parts of the city have been experiencing extensive flooding.
As a result of the plenitudes of rain road users have experienced more traffic congestion than usual. According to Hillary Mopethe, spokesperson of the Department of Police, Roads and Transport drivers should be patient and exercise caution while travelling around the city and surrounding areas. “We appeal to them to have patience and vigilance as well as respect the rules of the road. You cannot just try to overtake other vehicles or drive over a solid line under these conditions,” said Mopethe.
“Some of the roads are flooded here and there. They should also be careful because when it rains like this we tend to get potholes on the road,” she added. Mopethe stated that no fatalities have been reported during this time. “We would like to maintain this until the weather clears so please be patient with one another on the road,” she explained.
Bloemfontein Courant took to the streets today and reported that accidents took place in Nelson Mandela Drive, Fort Street Subway and Markgraff Street amongst others. A group of people had been attempting to remove a Hilux bakkie from dense mud when Courant discovered them in Langenhovenpark. Students and other residents banded together to help fellow residents get out of the mud using another vehicle and rope. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele