There was pandemonium in the Lochvaal area on Saturday morning as family of four was left trapped in their house with their pets.
The Kroonvaal dam wall reportedly burst following heavy rains on Friday evening, leading to flooding along the Rietspruit, the Vaalweekblad reports.
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While emergency services were on the scene, the elderly members of the family could not make it through the strong water.
At the same time, jet skis and boats could not reach the scene due to obstacles below the water level.
While nine dogs were rescued, the family had to sit tight and wait for the arrival of a military helicopter.
The helicopter arrived at around 11:30 and the family was successfully rescued.
KZN severe thunderstorm warnings
Meanwhile, the SA Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for a large part of northern KwaZulu-Natal.
This stretches from Volksrust and Newcastle to Richard’s Bay and Ponta do Ouro.