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Rainwater enters houses in Salem

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People try to protect their valuables from damage

Residents of Thoppukadu, Fairlands in Salem city, removing rainwater that entered their houses on Sunday.—PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
Residents of Thoppukadu, Fairlands in Salem city, removing rainwater that entered their houses on Sunday.—PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Residents of more than 25 houses in Thoopukadu near Fairlands in Salem city had a tough time on Sunday cleaning rainwater mixed with drainage waste water that entered their houses on Saturday night. They had a sleepless night as they were busy trying to protect their valuables from getting damaged by the muddy water.

“Knee deep water made it difficult for us to protect all our valuables because we could not find a higher place to keep all our belongings — as the water could not be blocked from entering our house,” S. Premkumar, a grocery shop owner.

“This time the rainfall was not that heavy. But water entered our houses as the branch canal running near our houses that takes water to the Fairlands Canal is blocked with garbage. This leaves the drainage no other way than entering our houses when it overflows,” they said.

In some houses the water had stagnated for a depth of more than two feet, forcing the people to hire septic tank cleaners to suck truck loads of water from their houses.

The residents made an appeal to Salem Corporation authorities to remove the blocks in the drainage, so that rainwater and drainage will not enter their houses.

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