Residents’ anger over sewage lake

Resident Barry Waterland photographed the flooded lane on Friday.
Resident Barry Waterland photographed the flooded lane on Friday.
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ANGRY residents in Gosberton are calling on Anglian Water to stop their road and gardens from being flooded with filthy water and stinking sewage.

Churchfleet Lane flooded twice on Friday and Anglian Water engineers were called out each time to clear the water and returned again on Saturday to “disinfect” the road surface.

Churchfleet Lane resident Diane Edgoose with a newspaper cutting showing the flooding in 1999. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG280812-48MD

Churchfleet Lane resident Diane Edgoose with a newspaper cutting showing the flooding in 1999. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG280812-48MD

Residents say flooding has been a regular event since 1999 – and now they want Anglian Water to stop it happening again.

Water floods out of a manhole cover in the middle of the lane, leaving the whole width of the lane several inches deep with sewage and loo paper clearly visible.

Resident Diane Edgoose says her front garden floods to a depth so she can’t walk to her front door.

She said the filthy water hasn’t yet seeped into her house.

Mrs Edgoose said: “The drains block so you can’t use the shower, the washing machine or the toilet.”

Resident Barry Waterland said Anglian Water pumps the flooding away each time.

Anglian Water did that on Friday morning but had to return a few hours later to do the same again.

He said: “It’s the cause of the problem that wants sorting out.”

The water affects four homes directly but other residents say they suffer with a foul stench in the air.

Mr Waterland said Anglian Water always blames a pumping station on Bowgate Lane but has never sorted it out.

The lane flooded in just the same way in July.

Anglian Water told the Spalding Guardian the pumping station on Bowgate Lane failed and the problem was made worse by rainfall getting into the sewer network.

Company spokesman Antony Innes said: “Once again, we are very sorry for the distress that flooding of this nature would have caused. We can assure residents that a full review of what led to this issue, and how a similar problem can be avoided in future, will be taking place as a matter of urgency.”

He said the company recognises “flooding is one of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner” and, if there are issues, “we will do our best to help customers”.