‘Swamped in sewage’

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RES­I­DENTS in Bea­cons­field have called for ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion in a sit­u­a­tion that has left them “swamped in raw sewage”.

Res­i­dents of Im­pala Flats in Bea­cons­field yes­ter­day ex­pressed their des­per­a­tion af­ter sev­eral blocked drains at the flats left streams of raw sewage run­ning through­out the area and pool­ing into a “dam of sewage” that has formed next to a rail­way line close to the flats.

A visit to the area yes­ter­day re­vealed a pun­gent stench and sev­eral streams of green sludge run­ning from bub­bling, blocked drains.

Chil­dren and pets were seen walk­ing through the raw sewage, while adults went about their busi­ness of hang­ing up wash­ing and clean­ing their cars amongst the sludge that is an­kle-deep in some places.

Res­i­dents have taken it upon them­selves to dig trenches from the over­flow­ing drains to di­vert the sewage to an area next to the rail­way line, where a mas­sive dam of sewage, deeper than a me­tre, has col­lected.

Res­i­dents said that their pleas to the Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to as­sist in un­block­ing the

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