Sea damages infrastructure

2017-08-31 06:01
The causeway between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach was submerged and closed to traffic.                        Photo:SUPPLIED

The causeway between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach was submerged and closed to traffic. Photo:SUPPLIED

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TOP scientists and a local engineer have been brought on board to help find possible short-term solutions to the effect high sea levels have had on coastal infrastructure and communities in the Kouga area.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, Municipal Manager Charl du Plessis and their team met with specialists from Nelson Mandela University and a local engineer this week to discuss the recent sea damage to infrastructure and to identify possible short-term relief measures.

The Mayor said a meeting has also been scheduled with the Department of Environmental Affairs for today.

According to Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, who led a delegation to assess the recent damage, massive surf and strong offshore winds caused havoc along Kouga’s coastline this past week.

“The bulk of the damage occurred on August 24 when massive waves, estimated to be around 4 to 5 metres in size, pounded the coastline.

“Boardwalks in both Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis were broken by the strong surf.

“The ocean also breached the Seekoei Lagoon between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach, which eventually led to the causeway being submerged and closed to traffic as a safety measure,” he said.

“The car park at Ann Avenue at St Francis Bay was damaged but mostly required cleaning, which the municipality was able to sort out on the day of the assessment.”

He said an inspection of the spit at the St Francis canals was also carried out and that it was clear that a significant amount of sand had been stripped off the beach and sand dune.

No damage was reported along the Gamtoos River and Oyster Bay coastlines.


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