Well this was a spring tide equinox to remember for some years to come. The face of the Estuary changed for a long time emphasizing the power of Nature and the dynamics of an ever-changing eco system. The damage, although extensive to some other parts of the coast eg Durban and Umloti, was minimal in St. Lucia town and Wetlands Park.
The main contributing factor is the lack of infra structure development in the coastal regions. For many years KZN Wildlife has restricted development to a bare minimum. Recreational 4x4 vehicles mostly used the area, and they require minimum infrastructure and had very little impact on the surroundings.
Durban and the South Coast suffered major infrastructure loss. This is due to hard surface development with in the coastal zone. Some development where right on the high water mark in areas that where flooded in the late ’70 and early 80’s.