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Gardens residents still reeling from effects of flood

Some cars refused to start due to water damage

  • By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 15:07 July 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • Most of the flood water in The Gardens has dried up and roads have been cleared, to the relief of residents.

Dubai: While the water from a burst water pipe that flooded the Discovery Gardens area on Thursday has receded in most parts, residents are still reeling from the impact of the “disaster”.

A 1.2-metre diameter pipe cracked and burst at 10pm on Thursday, releasing massive amounts of water in the area. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

On Saturday morning, some sections of the access roads to the residential areas were still closed to motorists. Small puddles of water remain in low-lying areas.

Gulf News spotted Filipina expatriate Irene by her car in a parking lot behind Ibn Battuta Mall. She said her car wouldn’t start, probably due to water damage. Dried leaves and trash were deposited inside her radiator by the gushing water on Thursday.

“The flooding has caused a major headache for many residents. It was a total disaster,” said Irene, who declined to give her full name.

Zubair, a driver from Pakistan, has not left his truck since Thursday. His water tanker was stuck in the roundabout on the access road approaching The Gardens. Beside his vehicle was an abandoned Nissan Altima that had major water damage to its engine.

“Now is the second day that we’ve been here. We’ve tried almost everything. We’ve changed the batteries twice, checked the engine but still nothing,” Zubair told Gulf News.

“We haven’t had any business for three days. Worse, we’ve not gone home yet. We’ve been sleeping here since Thursday night as we cannot just leave our truck here,” he added.

Pakistani expatriate Umer left his apartment at The Gardens on Saturday morning to check on his two cars that had been stuck in the water on Thursday night. Despite this, Umer said he still counts himself lucky to have transferred them to the nearby mall’s parking space at midnight on Friday.

“I’ve spent Dh400 for cleaning and making sure that both cars are OK. One is, but the other one is not. Water must have affected the wiring as its airbag indicator has been blinking constantly since Friday. And when you step on the brakes, you hear a funny sound like there are bubbles inside,” he told Gulf News, adding that at least 10 big buckets of water were taken out from inside his car.

“Thank God we didn’t have underground parking. Otherwise all the cars would be gone by now,” he said.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 13:29 July 21, 2013

    Hi This is my second year in the Discovery area and the burst which happened is next to my Gardens Furnished appartment buildings. As mentioned most of the roads were flooded or closed. Luckily I managed to remove my car on time from Basement 1 and by that time itself the water level was almost half tyre height. I can imagine the condition in the basement 2 of the building. Sorry to those guys parked in the basement 2. These things can happen and the way the Nakheel authorities/Dewa/Police handled the situation is much appreciated. Even though the appartment buildings DEWA water supply affected with the pumbing activities of the building due to the basement 2 water level. The whole pipe ran dried during the Friday until saturday afternoon. Nakheel arranged tanker lorries with Drinking water, is itself is much appreciated. They even send group msg informing the residents with the status update. All much appreciated. Sincere thanks to all those work force who coordinated the efforts to regain the normal situation. only question is that i read dewa statement mentioning that the pipe lines were closed out in 20minutes of the outburst which seems not happened in my opinion. also the drainage system needs updation.

    Biju Appukuttan, Dubai, India

  2. Added 12:04 July 21, 2013

    Living in Discovery Gardens is a everyday nightmare. There is only one exit and entry. If something like this happens then the 120,000 residents are held hostage inside the dreaded colony. Authorities should look into opening another exit for the residents as everyday in the morning and evening we spend 30 to 40 minutes to get in and get out of the colony.

    Hamza Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:50 July 21, 2013

    I advise all the people whose cars or property are damaged to approach the authorities so that they can avail the insurance. As all the water pipe lines are insured and any damage caused by the flooding by the pipe burst is covered.

    SQM, India, India

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