The storms which battered Ilkeston on Monday and Tuesday this week left a trail of devastation in their wake.
Drains, unable to cope with the heavy rainfall, overflowed, leaving a particularly nasty mess behind in Cantelupe Road and Beatty Walk, Cotmanhay.
As the storms on Tuesday evening hit, Graham Gobey’s driveway and garden in Cantelupe Road looked more like a fast-flowing river.
After the water receded it left stinking sewage all over his garden.
“It’s not so much the flooding, it’s the clearing up after,” he said.
“All the sewage does the lawn some good but that’s the only good thing about it.”
Mr Gobey, 73, and his wife Jeanne, 75, have lived there since 1966 when the house was built and they said this has happened four times since then.
He said the drain needs to be replaced with a bigger one to prevent it happening again.
“I have never seen it as severe as this time,” he added.
In Cotmanhay, nappies and syringes were among sewage left in the street after flood water a foot deep swept through Beatty Walk.
Resident Gary Litton said he called Severn Trent when the flooding happened on Tuesday evening who said technicians would be out within two hours. But 24 hours later they had not arrived.
“It’s disgusting,” he said.
“We need to know when they are coming out because this is dangerous waste.”
A spokesman for Severn Trent said: “We’d like to thank customers in Beatty Walk and Cantelupe Road in Ilkeston for reporting sewer flooding in the area on Tuesday (23 July).
“Over the last few days, we’ve seen more than double the amount of calls that we would normally see at this time of year.
“Most of these calls are to get advice on or to report incidents of flooding, which we are monitoring and keeping a close eye on.
“We’re doing everything that we can to deal with flooding issues as quickly as possible and ask them for their patience during this time.
“We will be visiting the area this evening and will be clearing up as soon as possible. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.”
Nottingham Road, Cotmanhay Road and Station Road were all affected by flood water among many other streets around town.
For more pictures of the flooding see the paper out Thursday August 1.