Sewage overflow leaves residents in the ‘merde’

A foul water drain has overflowed in Reepham town centre, causing flooding of raw sewage into the drives and gardens of several properties in Back Street.


Foul water drain floods Back Street, Reepham. Photo: submitted

The problem apparently started on the evening of Sunday 13 October, with workers from Anglian Water eventually turning up on Tuesday to clear the blockage and move the waste to the side of the street.
A specialist clean-up team was due to arrive on Wednesday, with residents saying faeces and used toilet paper were left on the side of the road. However, the street had still to be cleared up as of midday on Thursday.
An Anglian Water spokesperson confirmed the clean-up had been outsourced to a specialist civil engineering contractor, which was due to carry out the work by Tuesday 22 October at the latest owing to the “large area affected”.
In the meantime, it is possible the raw sewage will have found its way into the surface water drains. Water companies and other bodies can be fined for polluting a watercourse.

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