Upset after delays in fixing flooded house
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