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Sewage floods Norwich street twice in a week

PUBLISHED: 06:16 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:44 02 July 2010

Ron Stone is fed up with his drains regularly blocking at his home in Blue Boar Lane, Norwich.

Ron Stone is fed up with his drains regularly blocking at his home in Blue Boar Lane, Norwich.

Kim Briscoe

Norwich families have called for action after the drains at their homes overflowed with flooded with waste water and sewage twice in one week.

Families have called for action after the drains at their homes overflowed with flooded with waste water and sewage twice in one week.

The properties in Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston, were left with foul smells and toilet tissue in their gardens and drives after the main drain in their street became blocked.

Anglian Water was first called out to deal with the blockage on Monday, March 1.

However, a week later the drains began to overflow again and the company had to send out larger equipment.

Ron Stone, 67, who lives in the road with his wife, said: “There was sewage coming out of the man hole cover and the water was backing up and coming out of the drains of each property.

“We ended up with bits and pieces and toilet paper all over the drive.”

Optical assistant Sandra Marshall, 51, lives at one of the affected houses.

She said: “It's watered down sewage and toilet tissue - a brown sludge that is not pleasant and smells in the house as well.

“It only happened last week and it's also happened about three or four years ago.

“They really need to do something so the problem doesn't keep recurring.”

Workers from Anglian Water have now unblocked the drain and have helped householders to clean up the outside of their properties.

Ramini Vaheesan, spokeswoman for Anglian Water, said: “The drain was blocked by a large section of asphalt material, which is used for road surfaces.

“It has now been removed and the blockage has been cleared.

“It shouldn't have happened again and there is still one garden that needs clearing up and we hope to have it done by today.”

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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