SUNDAY TIMES - Search resumes for Joburg driver swept from car in flash flood
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Sunday Times News By Pericles Anetos, 2016-03-18

Search resumes for Joburg driver swept from car in flash flood

The only roadworthy part was its windscreen. File photo
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The search for a 55-year-old woman swept out of her car when she was caught in flash flood on 3rd Road in Fourways resumed on Friday morning.

Johannesburg Emergency Services’ Nana Radebe said that the woman was swept into a nearby river at around 7pm on Thursday night. Her car was recovered.

According to a statement published last month by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA)‚ more lives are lost in the city through flash flooding than any other weather-related occurence.

Drowning is the leading cause of death with 80% of fatalities occurring among occupants of vehicles‚ the JRA said.

Drivers often underestimate the dangers of flooding‚ especially at low-lying bridges‚ where as little as 30cm of water can make vehicles float and result in the driver losing control‚ the agency said.

- TMG Digital