Liesbeek in all its Glory

Here are some images of the Liesbeek River after the heavy rains we received on the 07th June 2012. The following pictures give you an idea of what the “normal” state of the river compared to the recent increased in water levels and flooding we had on the 07th of June.

The river, which is only slightly visible from the trail, behind WP rugby offices

The area behind WP offices nearly bursting its banks

Normal flow of river next to Rouwkoop Bridge in Rondebosch

River in "flood" at Rouwkoop Bridge on the 7th of June 2012

Section of bank in Observatory opposite the Wild Fig

Same section of bank where the river has burst its banks

Wetland next to river opposite Hartleyvale

The wetland now flooded because of the river bursting its banks

River bank in Observatory also opposite the Wild Fig

The result of clearing vegetation allows the Liesbeek to burst its banks more naturally

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2 Responses to Liesbeek in all its Glory

  1. Christopher says:

    Wish the stretch by the Wild Fig could look like this all the time . . . just a tought. . . could the small dam wall (before the river club ) be raised ?

  2. jason says:

    Thanks for your comment Christopher. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t want to raise the “small dam wall” as the Liesbeek is a river system, and creating a higher dam wall would mean an increase in dredging the river due to the accumulation of silt. There is the potential of connecting the surrounding wetlands permanently with the river and this would allow for a decreased risk in flooding of the River Club. As Friends of the Liesbeek we are actively involved in seeing the connection between the wetland and river systems, so watch this space!

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