It was a sleepless night for 120-odd families of Patilwadi chawl on the Thane-Mulund border because of the heavy rains in Thane and the adjoining areas since Monday night.
As the rains refused to die down till Tuesday morning, the rainwater entered the houses and didn’t recede till evening.
The residents, who have been living here for more than 30 years under the pagdi (rent) system, had no option but to leave their belongings and rush out.
“For the past 15 years, the water entered our houses and receded in minutes. But today, it entered our houses around 4 am and shows no signs of receding. We waded through three feet of water to go outside,” said Pandurang More (53).
They blamed the nearby high-rises of Hari Om Nagar colony and the civic body.
“Earlier, we were able to pump the water out from our house. But after Soham builders constructed buildings around our chawl and diverted the nullah, it has led to a choke-up,” said Rajesh Jadhav, a resident.
Another resident Sudhir Mhaske (36) said: “The garbage dumped on the nullah has led to a choke-up, which the BMC has not cleaned-up.”
The BMC officials, however, refuted the allegation.