#Municipal Monday – Drain causes major damage

The offending drain.

In this week’s #Municipal Monday, the Herald met with local residents Karen and Andy Anderson who have been complaining about a drain issue for the past 29 years.

The Herald met with the same couple in March, when a flash flood caused a drainpipe to burst, and flooded their home in Greenhills Avenue.

Karen was very upset, and said, “I have been complaining to the Rand West Local Municipality for 20 years. The drain on our property is blocked.”

At that time the drain-pipe burst and stormwater flooded down their driveway, into the garage, laundry, and ultimately the dining-room and one bedroom. The water was about 75mm deep.

The stormwater even got into their two vehicles. Karen said further, “I have a big wall unit, made for me by a family member that got wet, and is now a write-off.” A small fridge was also damaged when the water actually pushed it over. A two-year-old carpet will also have to be replaced.

This mark shows how high the water reached last weekend.

The couple had to claim from their insurance to replace furniture and other items that got damaged and paint the house.

Eight months later, the same thing has happened again, not quite as badly, but still severe. On Sunday 8 October the water came streaming into their yard and shortly after into their home.

“The insurance paid out just over R106 000, and now we will have to put in another claim,” said Karen.

Karen and Andy are very grateful for the rain; however, if dark clouds begin appearing, they pray for no rain. Karen showed the Herald the damage the rain has caused, and explained how the all the water from Greenhills Avenue came running into their yard. She added that during the last two years the drain problem has become worse severe, and although the drain has been repaired on previous occasions, it hasn’t been done correctly.

“I am so mad, I’m actually sad, because valuable furniture and other items get damaged and only the municipality is to blame,” said Karen.

The worst part of it all is that Karen and her husband have to clean up all of the mess afterwards. The couple now lives in fear with the rain season approaching.

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Nadine Mare
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