‘We’ve had enough’

2015-02-17 00:00

IT was anything but third time lucky for a Mountview family, who found their home flooded due to a burst municipal water pipe — for the third time.

Wading through ankle-deep water yesterday, Nishan and Sunitha ­Pragdheen, who live with their two young children in Wren Road, said “everything is totally destroyed”.

The couple said yesterday they were awoken by what they thought was rain in the early hours of the morning.

But when they got out of bed, their feet were immersed in the ankle-deep ­water that gushed through their home after a municipal water pipe erupted just outside their fence, leaving all their ­belongings soaked and damaged.

According to the couple, this is the third incident of the same nature since May last year, that resulted in the family counting their losses due to water ­damage.

The Pragdheens say they are “more than frustrated” with the Msunduzi ­Municipality, who keep reassuring them that there won’t be another incident.

“They keep saying there won’t be any more problems but it keeps happening. It is costing us a whole lot of money every time,” Nishan said.

Beds, couches, carpets, a dining room set and a very expensive sound system yesterday all sat damaged in the muddied water that flooded the home.

“It was like a huge fountain of water higher than our gate that came gushing in. We walked through it, slipping and sliding trying to save what we could. I just have no words any more,” Sunitha said.

In the first incident in May last year, the family were forced to leave their home for three months while everything inside was stripped and refitted.

In November, the same scenes played out again, although with lesser damage — this time around they forked out for the expenses out of their own pocket.

Sunitha, who was overcome with frustration, said she went to work ­yesterday because she could not handle seeing her home in that state.

“We spent the entire morning scooping and mopping water out of the rooms,” she said, adding, “We’ve just had enough now.”

Members of the fire department came to their rescue just after 5 am and helped the couple clean up their yard and divert the water, eventually having to shut off the water valves that supply the pipeline.

Two hours later, municipal teams came to the home to repair the pipe and were still present when The Witness ­arrived before midday.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha was approached for ­comment but was unable to respond before print deadline.

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