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Raw sewage floods drive

Remnants of sewage leak near the canal at the end of Sudbury Avenue, Ilkeston, which is adjacent to Margaret Northrop's house.

Remnants of sewage leak near the canal at the end of Sudbury Avenue, Ilkeston, which is adjacent to Margaret Northrop's house.

An Ilkeston grandmother who has found her driveway ankle deep in raw sewage for 30 years has thanked the ‘Tiser after we stepped in following heavy rain this week.

Margaret Northrop described herself as a ‘prisoner in her own home’ after the sewage gathered outside her house on Sudbury Avenue, Ilkeston, after Monday’s freak rain storm.

After speaking with Margaret the ‘Tiser called Severn Trent who within hours were at the scene cleaning up the mess.

Margaret said: “Every time there is heavy rain this happens and i was sick of it, I decided after nothing was done on Monday that my only option was to get the press involved.

“I’d been out there myself shovelling some of it away but the stench made me heave.

“I didn’t want people who were visiting to have to wade through it.

“Hopefully Severn Trent will see what a problem it is and act.”

Floodgates were installed by Severn Trent at Mrs Northrop’s house a few years back to prevent the water getting inside her home.

A spokesman from the water company said: “We’re really sorry that the people at Sudbury Avenue have experienced sewer flooding – it’s not a nice thing that happens.

“ We know that this is a ongoing issue associated with extreme weather events. Our sewers aren’t designed to take huge amounts of rain, although there is some capacity for this, so when we have extreme levels of rainfall, the sewer cannot cope causing localised flooding.

“We know that the change in weather patterns is causing a lot of problems with flooding in circumstances where we get significant levels of rainfall in a short space of time.

“We take sewer flooding very seriously and we are looking at what we can do to help customers affected by flooding in the long term.”

 

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