Sand River bridge still safe to cross – 14 August 2011

 
By: Bev Mortimer, St Francis Chronicle
 
Cars crossing the Sand River bridge at 8 am on 14 August 2011

  A site inspection at the Sand River bridge at 8 am by officials today revealed that despite fairly heavy rains occurring intermittently throughout the night and muddy-looking conditions this morning, the second temporary bridge over the Sand River in St Francis Bay is holding well.

A traffic vehicle was there watching as cars crossed. Officials told me there had been a guard on duty the whole of last night.

Many people peered out their car windows to ask me: “Will I be able to get back, I am going to church?” Some however, were extremely anxious and after crossing the bridge in the direction of Humansdorp turned round and re-crossed it to return home a few minutes later.

People were assured that it’s safe to cross, a traffic officer said. A guard, traffic officers or disaster management officials will monitor the situation continuously.

Potholes on the Sand River bridge that is still safe to cross on 14 August 2011

Cars were driving slowly as there are some potholes on the bridge. Although it appears slippery it is not and is also safe to cross for pedstrians. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly across the bridge as conditions could change.

Photo taking while standing on the Sand River bridge and looking towards the St Francis Links side at 8 am 14 August 2011.

The river waters were flowing briskly through the pipes and exiting fast on the Kromme River side. The water level is at least 3 metres from the top of the bridge.

Water flowing from the St Francis Links' side to the outflow pipes at the base of the second temporary Sand River bridge at 8 am on 14 August 2011.
Looking at the Sand River bridge from the St Francis Links' side on 14 August 2011 just after 8 am.
View above the outflow pipes at the base of the Sand River bridge taken from the St Francis Links' side on 14 August 2011

However, rain or storm water that builds up perpetually at the wetlands on the Eastern side of the Dunes farm and then flows across St Francis Links to the Sand River, takes at least day to get down to the bridge.

Water pouring through the outflow pipes at the base of the Sand River bridge, flowing to the Kromme River on 14 August 2011.
Looking at the Sand River bridge towards St Francis Links on 14 August 2011
Water flowing briskly out of the outflow pipes on the Kromme River side on 14 August 2011

Tonight and tomorrow (Monday 15 August 2011) more water is expected to flow down to the Kromme in the Sand River so the situation can change overnight.

St Francis Chronicle will keep you posted.

See: https://stfrancischronicle.com/2011/08/15/and-the-storm-waters-came-down-and-the-bridge-still-held/

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