National 6.9.2016 03:39 pm

Flood damage costs KZN’s south coast millions to repair

The washed away bank at Mayville Terrace. Picture: Andre Beetge.

The washed away bank at Mayville Terrace. Picture: Andre Beetge.

Three major projects within the area have been projected to cost R8 million to R12 million.

The effects of the heavy rainfall that hit KwaZulu-Natal at the end of July continue to be seen in Amanzimtoti and three projects to rectify the damage is set to cost millions of rands.

This is after an embankment that was supporting the road, Mayville Terrace, was washed away in the heavy rainfall after a stormwater drain was blocked and the water flow built up, reports the South Coast Sun.

The location of the Mayville Terrace in Amanzimtoti on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast. Picture: Google Maps.

The location of the Mayville Terrace in Amanzimtoti on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast. Picture: Google Maps.

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Motorists have been wading through swathes of sand that are swept down by the water flow, which at times makes passing quite difficult. On Tuesday, August 30, traffic on Kingsway was reduced to one lane as a motorist got stuck in the mudslide on the road.

However, ward councillor for the area Andre Beetge has confirmed on Friday last week that water flow has for the moment been stabilised at Mayville Terrace.

Three major projects within the area have been assessed together to obtain a quantum of additional expenditure of R8 million to R12 million.

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These are the washaway at the southern end of Mayville Terrace, a private residence on the first dune along Kingsway towards Athlone Park and Tiger Rocks Road in Isipingo.

“The roads department is on site after being requested to remove washed down sand from the Kingsway road surface to allow better traffic flow,” said Beetge.

At present there is no indication when the project will be completed.

Caxton News Service

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