Canoe race: Organisers warn of high water at low bridge

2012-11-30 00:00

ORGANISERS of this weekend’s Best 4 Healthcare 50 Miler canoe race have warned motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant when crossing rivers.

This applies especially to the low- level bridge on Woodhouse Road, close to Sobantu, as it will be under water.

Heavy rainfall is forecast for today and over the weekend.

This is also coupled with the fact that water was released from Henley Dam for the race from midnight yesterday.

Therefore, the level of the Msunduzi River will be significantly higher than normal.

The Woodhouse Road low-level bridge was the scene of tragedy last month when businessman Asogan Govender died when he was swept off the bridge in his SUV.

The weekend’s race covers two thirds of the route used for Dusi canoe marathon,

Race officials have urged local residents to be aware of the risks posed by the full river and to be very vigilant.

“Particularly with the forecasts of heavy rainfall in isolated areas over the next few days, the level of the river could rise quickly and bring with it very strong water flows,” said race director Chester Foster.

“There will be security personnel on duty at the Woodhouse Road low- level bridge and we urge motorists and pedestrians to co-operate fully with their instructions,” he added.

The promise of full rivers for the 50 Miler is a significant boost for canoeists, who have entered the race in their hundreds, eager to take advantage of the exciting rapids.

The race starts at Mission rapid tomorrow and the first stage ends below the Marianni-Foley causeway shortly after the confluence of the uMsunduzi and uMngeni rivers.

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