Blog 17 July 2012

 
News Updates today in St Francis Bay

I (Sian Hamilton-Browne) received the following message from my husband this morning "Shame, this past weekend over 2000 people were evacuated from their homes.  2 Froze to death on the roads and 1 person drowned due to all the weather we had in the Eastern Cape.  Scary!  And we worry about pot holes and bridges."

Now there is something to think about...

Excluding the pot holes, the Eastern Cape has experienced severe weather out of our control (natural disaster).  Until the weather subsides (which it is slowly, today so far the sky is blue with white clouds) Municipal will re-valuate the damage and ideally fix them asap.  I'm still of the opinion that simply filling them in with tar is not the answer but to redo these roads all together.  When this town was laid out and roads built, i don't think the future traffic was forseen, especially in and out the port and St Francis Drive with carriers, boats and building trucks (However this being said, years ago the Municipal took ground from road side property for future extensions).

Here are some comments from StFrancisConnect from the past few days/weekend:

On July 16, 2012.  As I am sure everyone who has driven around St Francis Bay in the last few days has noticed, the potholes have not only increased in numbers but the existing ones have been scoured out by the heavy rain. The very real danger is that the KM is going to have some expensive claims against them from the owners of vehicles that are going to be damaged through driving through the pothole…imagine the damage to a low car? Not everyone drives bakkies and 4X4s that are relatively high off the ground…even these would have damaged tyres…so what are we going to do about the potholes? Surely surely we are not going to allow the roads to disintegrate to the extent that they will be completely non-existent?



On July 14, 2012.  At the moment the Sand River Bridge is holding – JUST! The bridge is coping with the inflow, however the berm created with sandbags has been flooded and if debris had to clog the pipes under the road we may have a repeat of last year, when the bridge washed away and St Francis was cut off from road traffic for a week!  Decide which side you want to be and stay there….We may well have to walk to work again on Monday!  There is a very real danger that the bridge could wash away…according to the municipality the situation is 50-50 at the moment.



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