Work has begun on repairing the worst of the damage in St Francis Bay after a dune wall of a natural dam collapsed on the weekend, causing significant damage to the upmarket suburb of Santareme.
The fast flowing water washed away driveways, collapsed boundary walls and left huge deposits of mud and sludge inside the large affluent houses, causing damage expected to run into millions.
Large craters that had been formed along Tom Brown Boulevard by the torrent of water had already been filled in by municipal workers on Sunday, while work was also being done to temporarily fix two broken sewer lines that had been exposed when the natural dam collapsed on Saturday. Damage to a water line has already been fixed and water restored to homes affected.
Homeowners are now worried that a dune wall of a second, bigger dam, could also give way. A team of professionals have already inspected this dam, and are confident that it poses no immediate danger of collapsing, but the Kouga municipality announced today that they will begin draining the natural dam shortly.
Kouga mayor, Booi Koerat, gave assurances that while there was no immediate danger, the municipality was aiming to have a system in place within the next few days to drain the water from the dam into the town’s storm water system.
Koerat said there was also no danger of a sewerage spill, as the treatment works had sufficient storage capacity to hold the effluent until such time as the temporary repairs could be put in place. Permanent repairs to the two lines would have to wait until insurance companies had inspected the damage caused to boundary walls of homes – that have been severely undermined by erosion caused by the flooding waters and would most likely need to be torn down and replaced – which ran alongside the pipelines.