Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay region is a disaster area

Sand River flowing strongly before the bridge collapsed. Photo: Clive Wright

The Kouga Municipality says it has declared the region a Local Disaster Area.

The declaration was made at a Special Mayoral Committee meeting this afternoon.

Executive Mayor Booi Koerat said heavy torrential rains over the past week had severely damaged the region’s infrastructure and initial estimates are more than R97m.

He says the estimate includes damage to roads, water, sewerage and storm water infrastructure.

A pedestrian bridge has been constructed over the Sand River, so residents of the village at least have contact with the outside world.

There are numberous pot holes on the roads in Jeffreys Bay and people should still drive with caution.

ROADS NOW OPEN:

1) The Humansdorp – Hankey road is now open to 4x4s and LDVs. Water on the Weston bridge has subsided substantially but small vehicles won’t yet be able to cross it.

2) The Milton bridge at Hankey is open.

3) (Open since yesterday) The St Francis – Oyster Bay road is open. There are patches of road that were badly damaged, however, so drive slowly and carefully.

4) (Open since yesterday) The Loerie road is open. The Melon bridge is no longer flooded.

ROADS STILL CLOSED:

1) Humansdorp – Oyster Bay road
2) Sections of Cormorant and Dolphin Drive in Aston Bay, Jeffreys Bay
3) Johan Muller Boulevard in Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay
4) Mahe Beat bridge over the canals in St Francis Bay is open to pedestrians only.

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