A foot crossing built across the Sand River by volunteers and under the supervision of the disaster management team of Kouga Municipality. St Francis Bay residents are now able to cross the flooded river.

Jamie Loods heads across the Sand River.

Early this morning workers were walking across the new foot bridge. From yesterday evening more than 400 people waded through the icy water of the river to get to the other side. They held on to a rope and were aided by officials and volunteers under spotlights.

The Roads Department will be involved today and it is planned to have at least one vehicle lane across the Sand River built today.

In the interim, delivery trucks of food supplies have to stop on the Humansdorp side of the Sand River and the boxes and crates of supplies will have to be carried across the foot crossing.

Shops in St Francis Bay envisage shortage of supplies already. The petrol station is only supplying R50 per vehicle (enough to get to Humansdorp when one vehicle lane bridge is built). SuperSpar is also going to limit the number of supplies per person for certain goods.

Source: St Francis Chronicle

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