PEOPLE from Balloon Street next to North End Stadium in Matatiele are in distress following the recent heavy rains that have caused extensive damage to their homes. Residents claim that on rainy days their homes are flooded and they are struggling to survive. The Ward 19 residents said the poor drainage system is the reason for the problem. Community member Carl Cox said that on rainy days, water moves above the ground surface and enters their yards and causes damage to their houses.He said drains are blocked by objects and he has tried to remove some objects from the drain but was not able to do so. “Our houses get flooded on rainy days and we have reported the matter of a poor drainage system to the municipality several times but [it is] not attended [to]. I am worried about [my] children who are at risk of getting diseases when they play in the water,” said Cox.He said his mother bought cement in order to concrete the yard so they can walk safely on rainy days. A 38-year-old woman who chose to remain unnamed, said she had been living in the area since May last year, but two weeks ago she left because of the unbearable situation. She said the area is unhealthy and not safe for children. Ward councillor Joey van Wyhe said the heavy rains have caused a lot of damage in the area. He said a contractor is cutting grass in some areas and will clean the drains later. “People who live next to North End Stadium have to wait because the municipality is addressing their problem,” said Wyhe.The Matatiele Local Municipality did not respond to media inquiries about the poor drainage system at the time of going to press.