THE Kouga Municipality has rushed to allay fears that the dam between the dunes above the upmarket suburb of Santareme in St Francis Bay will breach and flood the area.
This comes after homes worth millions of rands were wrecked by a massive torrent of water that hit the area on Saturday, leaving residents fearing that a second, bigger dam's dune wall could also give way.
A site meeting was held by the municipality's technical team and the St Francis Bay Residents' Association yesterday morning.
Kouga executive mayor Booi Koerat, who visited the area on Saturday, said while the dam's dune walls showed no sign of structural strain, the municipality would be putting in place a syphon system to drain water from the dam systematically and ease the pressure on the walls.
"We aim to have the system in place within the next few days. The water will be siphoned out and diverted into our stormwater system," he said.
Staff would monitor the dam closely in the event of further rain.
Koerat said two municipal sewerage pipes had been severed by the fast-flowing river of water that had swept through Santareme when the wall of the smaller dune dam collapsed.
He assured residents there was no danger of a sewage spill, as there was sufficient capacity at the pump station for the sewage to be stored until temporary pipes had been installed.
"Vacuum tankers will also be brought in if necessary," he said. "We will start with the permanent repairs once the damage has been assessed by our insurance company."
Damage to a water pipe, which left houses without water, was repaired on Saturday.