Residents of waterlogged Wah Fu Estate flats near Aberdeen yesterday demanded to be moved to higher floors. Flooding from a burst main on Tuesday deposited thick mud in the homes of more than 20 families living in ground- and first-floor flats of Wah Lok House. Residents said floods had become routine during summer because their flats were at the bottom of a slope. Heavy rain often blocked drainage pipes with debris, causing water to spill into the old housing estate. 'Compensation is just a short-term solution. The majority of the affected families wish to move up or to neighbouring blocks in the estate to end the summer worries,' Yeung Mei-wah, spokesman for legislator Dr Huang Chen-ya's Southern District office, said. Residents had said it was ridiculous that people living in a modern city still faced constant fear of flooding. 'It sounds unbelievable that people living in the urban areas of Hong Kong have to be equipped with sand bags and planks of wood to stop rainwater from coming into their homes,' Ms Yeung said. 'But that's what the residents on the lower floors were doing.' Acting housing manager Chan Che-kin said the mains burst was unusual. He said a decision could not be made to re-house affected tenants until each case had been assessed.