'It absolutely stinks' - Lake of sewage forms behind houses

Vicki Excell and Suzie Westage, from Hevingham, whose gardens are being filled with sewage and waste

Vicki Excell and Suzie Westage, from Hevingham, whose gardens are being filled with sewage and waste due to overflowing manholes at the back of their properties. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

People in a Norfolk village are in despair at a growing "lake" of sewage, nappies, sanitary products and other waste that has been building up for two weeks.

Vicki Excell, who lives in The Street, Hevingham, said the problem was reported on February 6, and although Anglian Water had been out to inspect the situation, it was growing worse. 

Flooding in Hevingham.

Flooding in Hevingham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Ms Excell, 49, said: "I've got gallons and gallons of sewage now on my meadow, it's like a giant lake, and there's lot of other debris in there as well, nappies, sanitary products, everything you can imagine.

"It's awful and it absolutely stinks. It's going into the drainage ditch which leads to the stream at the bottom so it's an environmental hazard, really."

Ms Excell said the waste had also started to flow onto the main road nearby - the A140 - and was getting close to a bus stop.

Flooding in Hevingham.

Flooding in Hevingham. - Credit: Danielle Booden

She said that although she had seen the problem of sewage bubbling up from the manhole before, there had never been anything  this bad in the 45 years she had lived in Hevingham. 

Ms Excell said two other neighbours had also been affected and they suspected the issue was due to a blockage and not merely the high water table due to recent rain and and snowfall. 

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She said: "We're in a desperate situation. We've got one road out of the village, Brick Kiln Road, which is flooded, all the small lanes have pot holes which are flooded. We can't turn out onto the A140 because there are gas roadworks there at the moment."

Vicki Excell and Suzie Westage, from Hevingham, whose gardens are being filled with sewage and waste

Vicki Excell and Suzie Westage, from Hevingham, whose gardens are being filled with sewage and waste due to overflowing manholes at the back of their properties. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Similar issues have been affecting other parts of the region in recent weeks, including part of Burnham Market near the north Norfolk coast

An Anglian Water spokesman said a team was visiting the area every day to check on things, but at the moment tankering was not an option as all their tankers were busy elsewhere. 

Overflowing sewage and waste in Hevingham which is running onto the main road where the buses stop.

Overflowing sewage and waste in Hevingham which is running onto the main road where the buses stop. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Waste and sewage flooding the gardens of residents in Hevingham due to overflowing manholes. Picture

Waste and sewage flooding the gardens of residents in Hevingham due to overflowing manholes. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

He said they had doubled their amount of tankers over the past seven weeks and now had more than 100 operating across the network. 

The spokesman said: “Following such persistent rainfall on already saturated ground, groundwater levels are extremely high and sewers are simply not designed to carry the volume of floodwater we’ve seen or take excess flows from rivers and streams. This is what is causing the flooding we are seeing, rather than a specific problem with our network."

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