Family in water up to hips after thunderstorm: ‘The water came from the sewer, past the gate and via the stairs’ | Abroad

Neighbors and friends helped Ilke empty the affected areas and drain the water on Friday evening. It was an impossible task. “I don’t understand why the city didn’t warn us when we built here in 2009. They did impose on us to place a pitched roof, but they did not tell us that this is one of the lowest points of Turnhout, and very sensitive to water. They should have forced us to build three steps above ground level.”

Neighbors and friends helped Ilke empty the affected areas and drain the water on Friday evening.

Neighbors and friends helped Ilke empty the affected areas and drain the water on Friday evening.

40,000 euros a shame

Ilke and her family enjoy living in the charming house, despite the misery they have already experienced. “The area was also flooded in 2016. Then the water was 5 centimeters high. The damage was estimated afterwards at 40,000 euros. In 2018 we renewed everything. Built-in cupboards, a wooden element that is a bathroom inside and a cupboard on the outside. These structures will probably have to be renewed again. I can’t imagine what agony it will be this time until all damage has been made good. Maybe the insurance will exclude us afterwards?”

She continues: “Every year we experience nuisance in this neighborhood. My neighbor is in her nineties and has always lived here. She knows no better than that after a heavy rain shower everything is flooded. But of course we only learn that after we had built here. If only they had warned us then.”

Ilke and her family enjoy living in the charming house, despite the misery they have already experienced.

Ilke and her family enjoy living in the charming house, despite the misery they have already experienced.

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