Mason Road floods again

2011-08-12 00:00

THE ageing water infrastructure is palying havoc with the city’s water supply and management system.

On Wednesday night a newly repaired water pipe in Mason Road, Manor, burst again. It flooded two homes, a road and a sports field and sent thousands of litres of potable water down the drain.

The same pipe burst almost a week ago, flooding the area.

Henry Ndlovu, who was sleeping in a back room of one of the flooded homes, said that when he woke up the water was knee-high inside his room. He’s no stanger to the experience. When the pipe burst last week, he also woke up when the water started pouring into his room.

“I noticed at about 3 am that the pipe had burst again. The [muddy] water damaged my bed, sleeping blankets and other items inside the room.”

Yesterday morning Ndlovu had to take his blanket and bed outsideto dry in the sun. His room was still layered in a thick coat of mud.

Sherrie Bobie, Ndlovu’s employer, blamed the flooding on the ineptitude of the municipal employees.

“They are doing their jobs any old how. They were here last week fixing this very same pipe and it has burst again. It’s clear they did not do the job well.

“This flooding has damaged my driveway, which I had just fixed.”

The mud made the driveway of Mr Razzaq, the owner of the second house that was flooded, impassable.

He had to hire a tow-truck just to get two of his cars out of his yard to go to work. The tow-truck company charged him R850.

He told TheWitness, “When the municipal employees came to fix the pipe when it burst last week they dug up the area and failed to properly enclose it and lay concrete on top, so when this pipe burst [on Wednesday] night, this whole area turned into mud and I could not get out of my driveway.”

The residents said they are concerned the area is vulnerable to flooding because of blocked stormwater drains.

Said one, “We have on numerous occasions reported the blocked drains, but the municipality is yet to do anything about them.”

Msunduzi municipal pokesperson fBrian Zuma said ageing infrastructure is at the root of the problem.

He said the municipality has started a project to replace the pipes.

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