Fears for safety at sewage-strewn field

Derek Scholes took this picture of the sewage and toilet paper left strewn across an Ilkeston field after a storm burst the manholes open.
Derek Scholes took this picture of the sewage and toilet paper left strewn across an Ilkeston field after a storm burst the manholes open.

There were some spectacular sights in the skies but the thunderstorm that battered Ilkeston on Monday night caused havoc for some townsfolk.

The bottom of Nottingham Road, close to the Gallows Inn had to be closed temporarily on Monday after a flash flood causing problems for traffic.

Flooding in Nottingham Road, near Gallows Inn, Ilkeston.

Flooding in Nottingham Road, near Gallows Inn, Ilkeston.

And a field between Awsworth Road and Springfield Gardens was strewn with sewage as flood water swelled the sewers and blasted three manhole covers open.

Neighbour Derek Scholes feared for the safety of children and dogs who often visit the field, and who might fall down the open holes or get ill after contact with the sewage.

“The field is just filled with effluence and toilet paper,” he said. “It does this once or twice a year but nothing has ever been done. But this is the worst I have ever seen it.”

The field is next to the former Bridge Inn pub which has been knocked down to make way for a 66-bed care home, currently under construction.

Two of the bedrooms would be less than 20ft away from this, Mr Scholes warned.

He also feared for swans as the effluence risked flowing into the Erewash Canal.

Severn Trent has apologised: “The issue was first reported to us this morning and we will shortly be going out to investigate any potential blockages. Our engineers will also be cleaning up the surrounding area and clear any affected manholes.

“We are aware that there have been other flooding issues in the area previously and we cleaned out the sewer in April to help alleviate these.

“Again, we’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. We understand that sewer flooding is not a pleasant situation and we are working to solve the problem.”