Flood damage in Kouga

There has been a lot of damage to roads in the Kouga over the weekend and people have been evacuated from their homes in low laying areas. Here is the latest update:

ROAD CLOSURES:

1. Oyster Bay to Humansdorp: CLOSED. Alternative route – Elandsjag/Tandjieskraal

2. Oyster Bay to St Francis Bay: Bakkies and 4x4s only

3. R102 between old Gamtoos bridge and Thornhill: Rocks and trees being cleared from the road. The road is open and traffic officers are on duty to direct traffic.

4. R102 west of Humansdorp: Also busy with rock-clearing on the road but the road is open to traffic.

5. R330 between Weston and Hankey: Closed.

SAND RIVER BRIDGE TO ST FRANCIS

The water level has subsided and the bridge is open to light vehicles only at this stage. Only one lane. No heavy vehicles will be allowed to cross until further notice.

DAM LEVELS AND WARNINGS

Kouga Dam 107%

Loerie Dam 104%

Churchill Dam 106,5%

Mpofu Dam 105,6%

The Kouga Dam has been opened. The overflow has reached Andrieskraal and is moving towards Hankey. People in low-lying areas close to the river are asked to be careful as there might be flooding.

The Churchill Dam and Mpofu Dam have also been opened. People along that route (Elandsjag towards Oyster Bay and St Francis where the water exists into the Kromme River) are also just warned to be careful as there might be flooding.

The police are on alert to assist. Phone them on 10111 or via the municipality’s emergency nr 042 291 0250.

The Churchill Dam

ELECTRICITY

Electricity has been restored to all parts of Humansdorp.

It is only sections of Tokyo Sexwale in Jeffreys Bay that is still without power but the municipality’s electricity team is busy replacing the transformer.

EVACUATIONS

Thornhill: About 70 people have been moved to the community hall

Stofwolk (Hankey): About 60 people moved to the hall

Greenfields (Loerie): About 30 people moved to the hall

Sea Vista (St Francis): 73 people moved to the hall

Many houses – formal and informal – are flooded across Kouga but the municipality’s technical teams are busy trying to divert the water and/or helping people pump water from their houses.

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