National 23.9.2016 01:44 pm

Work under way on KZN storm disaster sites

Work has begun on the Mayville Terrace washaway above Kingsway. Picture: South Coast Sun.

Work has begun on the Mayville Terrace washaway above Kingsway. Picture: South Coast Sun.

Work on three disaster-related projects is underway to rehabilitate the areas that were damaged during the heavy rains experienced in KZN at the end of July.

Construction on three disaster-related projects that occurred in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, after the July floods commenced on September 20, reports the South Coast Sun.

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Despite council agreeing to extend the disaster emergency fund by several million rands in an emergency meeting on August 22, and the funding being allocated at the beginning of September, the city manager only signed off the project on September 8.

This, after extreme pressure was exerted on the city manager and mayor’s offices by Ward 97 councillor Andre Beetge.

Work on the Mayville Terrace washaway is under way this week with the removal of tree stumps in the area of erosion, as well as digging a suitable platform for the construction of a gabion-retaining wall.

“This will be followed by dismantling the collapsed gabion structure with the start of the new gabion-retaining wall anticipated on Friday. It should take about two weeks to complete,” said Beetge.

“While this is being done, the remaining collapsed boundary wall from the adjacent complex will be broken into smaller pieces which will not be used for fill. Once the gabion wall has been constructed, the area will be back-filled, using suitable imported fill. This process will take some weeks to complete due to the restricted nature of the site. The various services, which include the water main, sewer and stormwater systems, will be replaced, and the project should be completed by the end of November.”

At the collapsed dune at 706 Kingsway, a temporary access road was created from the north of the property to render access across the front of the dune.

“The contractor will install a 600mm diameter HDPE [High-Density Polyethylene] welded pipe to accommodate stormwater entering the erosion area from the north, while extending the same pipe to the beach,” Beetge said.

This should be installed and completed by September 30.

“The upper large hole will be filled before the pipe accommodating stormwater flow from the south can be installed. The installation of this pipe is complicated by access problems, hence the delay in its installation, and it is anticipated this may take another month to achieve. This will be followed by about three months of filling to reinstate the eroded material, prior to placing topsoil and vegetation on the dune.”

Work on the collapsed Tiger Rocks Road commenced with the excavation for the gabion-retaining wall, and this should be completed by September 23.

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Construction of the gabion structure should start next week.

“The gabion wall is expected to be completed in three weeks, followed by suitable back-filling and road reinstatement over the following month. A retaining structure to support the adjacent driveway will also be installed. Work is expected to be completed by the end of November,” said Beetge.

Caxton News Service

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