Burst water pipe wreaks havoc for Mysore Road family

2011-06-30 00:00

A PENSIONER’S home in Mysore Road was turned topsy turvy yesterday as the family cleaned up after a water pipe burst and tons of water gushed into her property in the early hours of the morning.

Mattresses, couches, clothes in the wardrobes and rugs were soaked. Floor tiles came loose and wooden furniture was damaged.

Thradevi Bhola (72), who lives with her two grandsons and her granddaughter-in-law, said she was shocked when water filled her room at around 2 am.

“That is when my granddaughter-in-law, who lives in the outside building, called me to tell me about the burst pipe.

“We didn’t know what was happening,” she told The Witness.

She said she had been awake since that time trying to stop the water from damaging more possessions.

Appliances such as the television and home-theatre system were damaged.

Two cars, a Toyota Tazz and a VW Golf Velocity that were parked in the driveway, were water-logged.

“I’m very upset because we tried to call the municipality’s 24-hour hotline and there was no response,” she added.

The fire department responded two hours later to shut off the water supply.

One of her grandsons, Avinash Rajbally (24), who is getting married in December, said he had bought some of the goods for his wedding and they were ruined.

His invitation cards and some of the souvenirs were destroyed.

“I believe that the damage wouldn’t have been this bad if the municipality responded to our calls more quickly,” Rajbally said.

The family do not have insurance and they will try to claim for compensation from the municipality.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the standby plumber recived a report at 3 am — when he was busy on another emergency — and got to the scene an hour later.

Zuma said, “What made matters worse is that the property is below road level, which forced the water into the house.

“Photographs of the damage taken by the water sub-unit were submitted to Leslie Billinge of our insurers and the matter has been referred to our disaster management.

The burst pipe has been repaired and water supply restored.

The family said they were still not sure where they would sleep while the house and furniture dry out.

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