Muddy nightmare

2017-11-14 06:00
Part of the flooded area in Lyle Road, Rosebank.

Part of the flooded area in Lyle Road, Rosebank.

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Residents of Lyle Road in Rosebank experienced a nightmare of clogged and smelly drains the past two weeks following an alleged drain blockage caused by T and T Drilling.

According to resident Suzanne Vos, the road was flooded with muddy water pouring from the drilling site at 9 Lyle Road, affecting road markings, pavements and drains.

She says the leak also caused damage to a property next to the drilling site.

“The drains in Lyle Road are now obviously blocked with clay. This has been an incredibly awful, stressful time for Lyle and Linray residents these past two weeks. The damage caused by the drilling to the street, pavements and drains has not been fully repaired yet. The pavements are a mess, the contractor’s trucks parked illegally on pavements in Lyle and Linray roads.”

She says after numerous complaints to the authorities and the company, staff tried to clean the area with shovels, which made her even more upset.

“One does not have to have a degree in engineering to know that the drains will have to be thoroughly flushed out and not just superficially with shovels,” says Vos. “Once they leave Lyle Road with this much destruction, is there any assurance on when and how repairs will be properly fixed and by whom? Will the council immediately replace obliterated road signs, including the yellow lines, which are crucially required by neighbours to assist in stopping illegal parking?” she adds.

Councillor Ian Iversen confirms the complaints and says the City is on it.

Correspondence provided by Iversen, between City officials, states that “ an inspection showed the road surface was covered with clay, and the stormwater drains in the vicinity completely clogged up with clay”.

They instructed the company to properly clean the streets. The road markings that are slightly faded have been added to the City’s priority list for repair. The stormwater system was later cleaned and this was paid for by the drilling company.

Ben Steenkamp, director of T and T, says they are aware of the damage and have taken full responsibility for it. “We have paid R10 000 to clean up the street and fix the damages. Our employees are finalising work at the site as we have completed our project. Drains have been cleaned and we are engaging with the municipality on this matter.”


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