Melville man still in fear of floods

2015-09-03 06:00

“NOTHING has been done by the municipality since 2013.

“They promised to build me a new home after my house was flooded. I am afraid it will be flooded again this year,” said Bhekabantu Sangweni of Melville.

Sangweni says his house was flooded in 2000, 2008 and 2013 and showed Fever his rotting furniture.

His story appeared in the Fever in August 2014 and at that time Hibiscus Coast Municipality­ was contacted regarding the situation and said it would investigate appropriate action to remedy the problem.

Since then Sangweni said there has been no action or communication from the municipality whatsoever.

An HCM investigator had been sent to the property and he discovered that the floor level­ of Sangweni’s house is at the same level as the curb, and due to a stream course not being kept clear of vegetation and debris, the free flow of water during heavy rain is hampered, causing it to collect.

Sangweni says he is afraid that when the heavy rains come again this year he will be faced with the same problem.

HCM spokesperson, Nomusa Zulu said the Human settlement and infrastructure section is aware of the problems in Sangweni’s home.

“We have over the past few years assisted in terms of the road and the storm-water problems which collect around his property in times of floods.” - Supplied

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