We were very close to flooding as the tropical rains came down and the drainage in our area is not adequate. The excessive building of apartment blocks, the removal of lawns for cement and the lack of new drains has caused us to be the receivers of the neighbourhoods water flow. This time last year we were flooded with dirty muddy water ankle deep in our flat. Fortunately we didn't have much and most of our furniture has steel legs so nothing was overly damaged except (expensive) university text books.
But in the space of a year we have accumulated way too much stuff and I was worried and frantic. As the rain poured I was at work making call after call. I organised my partner to go home and prepare our home, notified my neighbour Mr T who raced home to prepare his home, spoke with a home-maintenace/garden shop for sandbag solutions, got my mum to purchase, pick up and deliver sand bags and called the local city council for them to do something about it NOW. The stress brought me to frustrated tears.
|The drain is near the 1st tree - instead of taking in water it expels excess water.|
I hope the new drains further up the street will stop the problem once and for all. Concrete jungles are on the increase and sadly lovely green lawns are becoming a thing of the past in my neighbourhood. This gives little chance for water to be soaked up by the soil.
The cyclone season is upon us and this year is predicted to be a strong cyclone season. We are updating our cyclone kit and cleaning up our home and yard.
What kind of challenging times does your region have due to weather at this time of year?
Do you prepare yourself, pets and home?