Blocked storm drain causes floods

Flemming explains the pipe that connects his storm drain with the marsh's storm drain is blocked.  Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.
Flemming explains the pipe that connects his storm drain with the marsh's storm drain is blocked. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

A concerned resident recently approached the Herald as a last resort to have his problem solved.

Flem Flemming, a Greenhills resident has experienced numerous floodings on his premises over the past year due to a blocked storm-water drain.

Flemming unblocks the storm drain himself on a regular basis.  However he is unable to unblock the pipe that connects the storm drain with the marsh.  Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Flemming unblocks the storm drain himself on a regular basis. However he is unable to unblock the pipe that connects the storm drain with the marsh. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

“When it rains we get the entire neighbourhood’s storm water flowing onto our premises. The water follows its natural path and subsequently flows through two cottages in our yard,” Flemming said.

He said he has been reporting the problem continuously over the past year.

“Municipal workers came out once to repair the drain, but it doesn’t seem to have been done properly. I continued to report the problem but I didn’t receive any further feedback,” he said.

At Flemming’s residence the Herald noticed various attempts they have made to prevent the cottages from being flooded. Numerous trenches have been dug in the yard to direct the water away from the cottages to the marsh across the road.

“We can’t even go on holiday because someone has to be here to fix the damage after a storm. To make it even worse, we had to let our domestic worker go as we had to replace her furniture every time a storm wrecked it,” he said.

According to Peter Dick, Ward 9 councillor, this problem was reported to the municipality.

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  AUTHOR
Alanicka Lotriet
Journalist Intern

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