Peninsula battered

  23 Sep 1983 (The Argus)

The combination of a howling black south-easter and spring tides sends raging walls of water crashing over the sea-wall at Kalk Bay harbour.
Picture : John Yeld, The Argus.

Strong winds are expected for most of the weekend as the Peninsula today began assessing the damaged caused by a black south-easter and a spring tide which battered the coast.

Enormous waves destroyed Muizenberg changerooms, damaged buildings, washed away part of the rail line and flooded subways. Part of a traffic lane on Sir Lowry's Pass was closed after storm water had undercut the road.

Trains stop

The train service between Simon's Town and Fish Hoek was stopped and commuters were ferried between the two towns last night.

Workmen worked until late last night to repair the rail line, and the busses were withdrawn at 8.40pm.

The foul weather disrupted electricity at Zeekoevlei and Ottery.

Mooring lines of fishing boats in Kalk Bay harbour snapped as the gale-force wind gusted up to 94 km/h.