New Storm water drainage system for St Francis

2017-09-14 06:00

FIVE years after a torrent of water crashed through St Francis Bay, damaging houses and municipal infrastructure in its path, the upgrade of the stormwater system at the Santareme dune field is nearing completion.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says work on the upgrade started in March and was set for completion by September 2017.

“The upgrade was long overdue,” she says. “We are thankful that additional measures will be in place by next month to help prevent a recurrence of that terrible day in September 2012 when a pond at the dune field breached and tonnes of water came crashing through the streets and houses of Santareme towards the ocean.”

She says the upgrade is being done at a cost of R7 million by the Department of Public Works.

“The project has two main purposes – to reduce the amount of stormwater that collects in the dune ponds and to increase the capacity of the downstream stormwater system so that water is channelled away from properties should flooding occur.

“Any future developments in the surrounding areas will be expec-ted to meet the downstream stormwater capacity requirements.”

Improvement includes the construction of a spillway in the larger pond of the dune field.

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