A motorist was trapped in a torrent of water and forced to escape through his window.
A LEAKING pipe at the Kenilworth underpass ruptured yesterday, flooding the entire subway and caught one city motorist by surprise.
The motorist was trapped in a torrent of water and was forced to escape through his driver’s side window.
Although he tried to reverse after the pipe burst, the water simply lifted up his vehicle.
It appears as if the pipe has been leaking for some time before yesterday’s incident.
The subway has now been closed to traffic, forcing road users to make use of alternative routes.
The waterunder the bridge has become a major inconvenience to motorists using the road, with constant flooding seriously damaging the road and rendering it unusable.
Earlier this year, members of the community at the Yonder Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities staged a picket at the bridge, demanding urgent action from the Sol Plaatje Municipality amidst fears that the restricted access to Yonder, as a result of the road closure, placed the financial security of the facility in jeopardy.
CEO of Yonder, Jannie van Zyl, yesterday said that the latest flooding, while not having an impact on students at the school as they are currently on holiday, was having a negative impact on several businesses, like the restaurant and nursery at Yonder.
The road was fixed by the municipality after the picket.
Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, yesterday said that the municipality was “still aware” of the prevailing problem of flooding at the Kenilworth underpass.
“We have located an area which could be the source of the persistent pooling of water. The underpass is the lowest point in the surrounding area and thus water accumulates on the road. The muddy water has a high clay content and thus blocks the stormwater system perpetually,” Matsie said.
He added that the municipality was in the process of executing a plan to drain the water in a westerly direction.
“Due to the current dry weather conditions it is the most appropriate time to execute this plan. The situation is currently under control and once the water has dissipated, we will finally repair the road,” Matsie concluded.