x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Residents of Discovery Gardens sceptical as Nakheel ponders flood solution

The developer is working with Dewa to avoid a repeat of last month's pipe burst, but one resident says the flooding problem was 'only a matter of time'.

Damage is apparent after a water pipe burst around The Gardens building by Ibn Battuta Mall. Razan Alzayani / The National
Damage is apparent after a water pipe burst around The Gardens building by Ibn Battuta Mall. Razan Alzayani / The National

DUBAI // Developer Nakheel is looking for ways to prevent a repeat of last month's chaotic scenes when a burst pipe caused millions of gallons of water to flood streets and submerge cars in Discovery Gardens.

Nakheel said it was working with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and other bodies to try to find ways to prevent similar incidents in future.

"The July incident at Discovery Gardens was unfortunate and due to circumstances beyond our control," said a Nakheel spokeswoman. "Necessary repair work is in progress.

"We continue to work closely with Dewa and other authorities on contingency plans to minimise the risk of such incidents occurring again."

Dubai Municipality said 16 million gallons of flood water had to be drained from the area after the mains pipe burst.

But people living in Discovery Gardens said they were sceptical about how successful it would be as the area had problems with flooding in the past.

Ashok Gupta, an Indian who lives close to the scene where the problems started in The Gardens on July 18, said: "It was only a matter of time before we would see something on that scale.

"I think the water pipes around this area need to be upgraded so there aren't as many leaks."

Mr Gupta said he was lucky his car was not among those caught up in the flood.

"The big problem was that the surrounding roads and the underground car parks were closed so people were driving around for a long time trying to find somewhere to park," he said.

Hot water, knee-deep in places, filled the car park at Ibn Battuta Mall's China Court.

Roads around the area were cordoned off for several days as recovery crews drained the water.

The main road leading to Discovery Gardens, the mall and The Gardens was closed for three days.

 

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