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City family ‘trapped in sewage nightmare’

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Sewage flooding in Roodepan comes under the spotlight again.

Raw sewage floods the backyard of a home in Raven Street, Roodepan. Picture: Soraya Crowie

SEWAGE flooding in Roodepan has come under the spotlight again after a family in Raven Street has been “trapped” in sewage for the past three days due to an overflowing, blocked drain.

The family has described the situation as unbearable, with a foul stench and faeces and sanitary pads “bubbling up out of the blocked drain”.

The homeowner said that he had contacted the Sol Plaatje Municipality, pleading for help. Municipal workers apparently poured chemicals down the drain on Tuesday, but this had failed to stop the sewage flooding.

The family members added that they are concerned about their health as the whole backyard is already flooded and “the situation is getting worse”.

The family said that sewage water gets into the house and that their furniture has been badly affected.

It is believed that the sewage flooding is linked to a blocked manhole in Eagle Street, which has been blocked for several days already.

A manhole in Eagle Street, Roodepan, is overflowing and sewage is running down the road. Picture: Soraya Crowie

On Wednesday afternoon, a municipal team was dispatched to unblock the linked sewage network

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said that the main challenge regarding sewage flooding in Roodepan remains the non-functioning pump station, which has been plagued by copper cable theft and vandalism.