Burst pipe blocks road

2016-11-01 09:41
Old Howick Road resident Cheryl Dunnington stands next to the mudslide opposite her home as a result of a burst water pipe along the banks of the road.

Old Howick Road resident Cheryl Dunnington stands next to the mudslide opposite her home as a result of a burst water pipe along the banks of the road. (Ian Carbutt)

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A burst pipe caused a messy and dangerous mudslide on Old Howick Road when part of the bank along the road fell away on Monday morning.

Large mud puddles gathered at the road’s edge with cars having to manoeuvre around the mud and a large boulder blocking the north-bound lane entirely.

Old Howick Road resident Cheryl Dunnington said she had heard rushing water at around 8 am on Monday and when she went to investigate, she found the bank nearest the Hilton-bound lane had collapsed into the road.

She said she had been calling the municipality since the bank collapsed but found it difficult to get through to anyone. “I eventually called the police and they sent someone to direct the traffic.”

She said the water had pushed not only large amounts of mud into the road, but also a few rocks and a boulder.

“This is a very dangerous situation,” said Dunnington. “We have had cars racing around this corner and right into our property before and adding mud, water and rocks makes it even worse.”

Dunnington said the water was flowing down her “steep” driveway, and if it were not for the drain at the bottom, her garage would have been flooded.

She added that she suspected it was a “raw pipe” that had burst and had been told that it could belong to Umgeni Water.

Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder confirmed that the pipe was Umgeni Water’s property and that they were alerted to the problem at 10 am on Monday.

He said the pipe’s air valve had ruptured due to air in the line, and the problem had been fixed by 1 pm on Monday.

Harichunder said Umgeni Water finished with the clean-up of the road at 4.30 pm on Monday.

In another incident, residents in Holder Road in Bisley were left without water from Sunday afternoon due to a burst water pipe.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said the pipe burst at around 5 pm on Sunday, leaving the street without water.

The resident said that yesterday morning the water was still gushing from the pipe and there was still no water in the taps.

Msunduzi acting municipal spokesperson Siyabonga Hlongwa said they were “currently consulting the relevant department internally which deals with the matter in question”.

“We will respond once the information is available to us,” he added.

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