Sandy Beach After the Christmas Trough

- Written by National Trust

On 24 December 2013, a severe weather trough caused the Vieux Fort River to swell and, around 7pm, break its banks in the La Tourney area. The river water flooded the runway of Hewanorra International Airport and rushed into Vieux Fort town. Low-lying areas in the Bacadere, the Mang and Bruceville flooded with 4 ft of muddy water.

From the airport runway, the river water quickly flooded the low-lying plain to the east of town, in the area of the Recreation Park. Just a few weeks before the trough, a backhoe was used to clear an area (approximately 50 meters wide) along the road, apparently in order to open up visual access to the football field. The backhoe cut down some mature trees and bush and levelled what used to be a somewhat elevated sandy area with low dunes.

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