Up­set af­ter de­lays in fix­ing flooded house

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

ST MARYS res­i­dents Deb­o­rah and Steven Cooper could be forced to wait up to six months be­fore the ceil­ing in their Hous­ing De­part­ment unit is re­paired.

The cou­ple have re­mained in their Che­sham St prop­erty af­ter a wa­ter pipe burst the pre­vi­ous Fri­day, caus­ing a flood and the col­lapse of the ceil­ing in two rooms.

About 11.30pm Mrs Cooper no­ticed wa­ter drip­ping from the ceil­ing in her kitchen.

In a mat­ter of min­utes the leak had forced part of the ceil­ing to col­lapse and led to a down­pour of wa­ter into her kitchen and sec­ond bed­room.

“I waited on the phone for nearly 40 min­utes to the De­part­ment of Hous­ing – there was quite a bit of wa­ter com­ing out. It was like heavy rain,” Mrs Cooper said.

A plum­ber ar­rived at the prop­erty about 3am on Sat- ur­day, but the Coop­ers’ house was al­ready flooded.

Mrs Cooper was told by the Hous­ing De­part­ment on Satur­day that this could take up to six months to fix.

“One half of the house was flooded. It is a week later and the sec­ond bed­room is still soak­ing wet,” she said.

“Be­cause it is such a big job and they have to pull the walls and ceil­ing apart they can’t even say how long it will take.

“This proves my the­ory right that we are classed as sec­ond-rate citizens.”

A Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices spokesman said: “FACS plumb­ing con­trac­tors com­menced re­pair work on a cracked ceil­ing as­so­ci­ated with wa­ter dam­age at a unit in St Marys on April 13.

“The tenant has been pro­vided with tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion un­til the re­pairs are com­pleted, which is ex­pected to be next week.”

Deb­o­rah Cooper un­der her dam­aged ceil­ing. Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

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