Thursday, 7 March 2013

Freak 3am flood hits 10 homes

A perimeter wall collapsed on a car parked at Morningside Village Estate after a major water pipe in the area burst. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Johannesburg - Morningside residents awoke to a rush of water at 3am and were horrified to see their perimeter walls being washed away.

A burst pipe in Outspan Road caused untold damage this morning as walls collapsed and trees fell over, some on parked cars in the upmarket complex Morningside Village Estate. An estimated 10 houses were flooded.

By 8am residents had already hired security guards to watch over their properties, which stood open and vulnerable with no walls.

In one house, builders were demolishing what was left of a wall so that they could start rebuilding.

Complex manager Adele Trollip said she was woken at about 2am by worried residents, but there was nothing they could do at that time.

Johannesburg Water sent a team to try to stop the water immediately.

Spokeswoman Millicent Kabwe said the damage was extensive because a thick pipe had burst.

“Earlier in the day, there had been a burst pipe, but we repaired it. We don’t know at this stage why it burst again,” she said.

A team of engineers was going to the site to investigate the cause of the burst, as well as the damage.

“Given the size of the pipe, we are going to have to get heavy equipment on to the site and this could take a while,” she said.

Water services had not been disrupted, but residents had been asked to use water sparingly for the next few days, she said.

Kabwe said she could not say at this stage how long it would take to effect repairs.

The Joburg emergency services were on standby from early in the morning to monitor the situation, but no injuries were reported.

Traffic in Outspan Road came to a standstill because of debris in the road, and motorists stopping to view the destruction.

- The Star

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