WATCH: Scary videos of Sunwich Port woman’s home being flooded (again)

Marianne Williams flooded home.

MARIANNA Williams’s home on the corner of Link and Sunnyside Roads was wrecked by the torrents of water which fell last Friday afternoon.

This is the fourth time Marianna’s two bedroom home has been flooded since 2012.

The Herald has written many articles over the years about Marianna’s horrifying experiences, with her home being all but destroyed by flood waters time and time again.

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An article dating back to November 1, 2013 revealed a desperate Marianna in her mud-swamped home, pleading with the municipality to help. Email trails date back to 2012, when the Herald asked the municipality on multiple occasions to help Marianna by building proper stormwater drainage systems.

Article published in the Herald, dated November 1, 2013.

Then finally, about two years ago, a contractor was appointed to install a proper drainage system, but the job was badly done, and last week, once again, Marianna’s home was flooded resulting in severe damage to her property, furniture, car and personal belongings.

Yesterday, a distressed Marianna contacted the Herald, and posed the question – who is going to pay for the damage?

Marianna recalled that when the contractor, appointed by the municipality, was building the drains she approached them and pointed out that the drain running across her driveway was not not positioned correctly  to direct the water away from her house.

Their response, she said, was: ‘who is the housewife and who is the engineer?’

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The Herald contacted Councillor Tap Kruger after he had met with officials from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s roads department earlier today. An onsite inspection revealed that the manhole was blocked, and the construction built to keep the water from her house – including the drain running across the driveway – had in fact not been correctly built.

Marianna’s neighbour was also affected by the heavy downpour, which caused a wall to collapse.

Cllr Kruger called on the municipality to prioritise the conducting of regular maintenance on all stormwater drains and manholes, especially now that the South Coast is experiencing such heavy downpours.

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Shona Aylward

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