During a heavy rain storm two bridges were washed away near Irene, about twelve miles from Pretoria. The embankment in the first photograph acted as a dam, the rubbish line a few feet from the top showing the high-water mark. The stone pier of the bridge then gave way and part of the embankment followed. The water rushed down the valley and carried away a smaller bridge further down. The second photograph shows the deviation being made to get across the valley after the bridge was washed away. The original line can be seen right on the left of the picture. Our photograph by Captain P J Preece.
The bridge near Irene, destroyed by a heavy rainstorm.
Making a road to get across the valley after the bridge was destroyed