Isle homeowners’ sewage anger
ANGRY homeowners say they have been left fearing for their health after raw sewage spilled on to their gardens as flooding hit the Isle.
Residents have hit out at how long it took the authorities to start a clean up operation in their street which was left strewn with sewage and sanitary products.
Heavy rain lead to flood alerts and road closures across towns and villages including Crowle, Haxey, Misterton, Belton and Burringham.
Haxey was one of the worst affected areas in the Isle by this week’s downpours which led to localised flooding across the area.
Residents on the Chatsworth estate told the Bells how they were disgusted to see sewage running down paths outside of their homes from overflowing drains and manholes, leaving them feeling trapped and in fear of contamination.
Mum-of-one Kate Westmoreland, 32, who is also six months pregnant, said “We’ve had all kinds of rubbish collecting at the front of our home, it’s a disgusting environment particularly if you have children.
“It has been really stressful because it’s a huge health and safety issue, I’m pregnant and the thought of bringing in an infection into our home doesn’t bear thinking about.
“Our kids can’t go outside and play because it’s all over the gardens, they feel like they’re trapped inside. My eight-year-old daughter Lakem is fed up and so are the other children but it’s for their own safety.”
Mrs Westmoreland, of Chatsworth Way, said residents had reported the problem to Severn Trent Water but her husband Paul, 33, had to go out and jetwash driveways to stop the sewage from building up before workers arrived.
Neighbour Robert Bradley said he had also complained to Severn Trent and was disappointed with how long the clean-up was taking.
The 34-year-old pressure welder said: “I understand they will have a lot of problems to deal with because of the flooding but we’re in a real mess here and it’s worrying for everyone living here.
“I’ve got human excrement, toilet roll and everything else overflowing from a manhole in my front garden and it’s just spilling out everywhere.
“In my job we’re huge on health and safety and you can see that this sewage could fetch in all types of infections like Hepatitis B or Weil’s Disease.”
However, Mr Bradley praised Severn Trent workers for their efforts once they arrived but criticised the firm’s management for the delays.
“It’s going to have to be a case of digging up the road or something to relieve the pressure because we can’t just keep waiting and worrying that it’ll happen again when the next bout of rainfall comes,” he added.
Claire Clarke, of Farriers Fold, said she was scared for the safety of her nine-year-old daughter Neve, who has recently broken her leg.
The 40-year-old added: “The sewage has spilled all over my front garden and around the back, if Neve slips on that it is so dangerous, not to mention a massive health and safety issue.
“We can’t really use our toilet because it’s nearly overflowing. It’s disgusting to see the sewage, toilet roll and everything else all over the garden.”
A spokesman for Severn River Trent said: “We take sewer flooding incidents extremely seriously and will be working with other parties to investigate all the issues raised to identify and resolve the problem.”
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