Counting the the cost of the storm damage

Lee-Anne Butler, Jon Houzet, and Lynn Williams

AS municipalities in the Eastern Cape count the costs of damaged roads, bridges and properties following the heavy rains, tales of heroism and neighbourly assistance have emerged around the province.

This as yet another bridge, crossing the Kasouga River on the R72 between Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea, collapsed yesterday.

Despite pleas and warnings from police and others at the bridge after the collapse of one lane, many motorists continued driving across the bridge, according to Kenton resident Hendrik Dieckmann.

Severe flooding in Ndlambe – which includes Port Alfred, Bushmans River, Kenton-on-Sea, Boknes, Kleinemond, Cannon Rocks, Alexandria and Bathurst – over the past week destroyed roads and bridges, caused mudslides and left both rich and poor homeless, with some houses completely submerged by the deluge and multimillion-rand homes washed away as easily as tin shacks.

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