National 29.7.2016 09:16 am

8 KZN beaches closed after heavy rains

The KZN Sharks Board has closed eight beaches. Photo: South Coast Herald

The KZN Sharks Board has closed eight beaches. Photo: South Coast Herald

The beaches have been closed due to high seas, damage to shark nets and loads of debris that had washed up.

The aftermath of the heavy rain earlier in the week is still being felt at KZN’s beaches, with eight of them closed.

Their closure follows high seas and structural damage.

The South Coast Herald reports that the beaches of Scottburgh, Margate, Ramsgate, Trafalgar, Glenmore, Leisure Bay, TO Strand and Port Edward are all closed until further notice, and while the remaining south coast beaches are open, it is likely access to them will be restricted by lifeguards due to poor sea conditions.

Umtentweni beach was strewn with debris. Photo: South Coast Herald

Umtentweni beach was strewn with debris. Photo: South Coast Herald

Mike Anderson-Reid of the KZN Sharks Board said staff were still busy out at sea working at some locations. “We have had a number of bunched nets and will replace gear at the aforementioned closed beaches when conditions off these beaches are stable,” he said.

He asked the public to note that the majority of launch sites were “treacherous” at the moment and said the KZN Sharks Board was using the Sonny Evans launch at Shelly Beach for most of the south coast servicing.

He said they had opened some beaches after they had serviced them yesterday.

KZN Sharks Board members braved the high sea conditions to replace shark nets that had been washed away, while surfers eyed the water with anticipation of big winter waves later in the day, reports Zululand Observer.

Watch the video here:

High tide at Alkantstrand (9am) saw large swells, but no fierce waves as had been expected.

In the spirit of community, residents are also asked to spend some time this weekend lending a hand to clean up some beaches. Some community members have started a Facebook group, #CleanBlueLagoon and community members are asked to join a clean-up operation on Sunday.

Caxton News Service

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