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Sewage floods Shoreham street

The Argus: Resident Pat Tough shows Adur Cllr Mike Mendoza the overflowing storm drain problem at St Giles Close Resident Pat Tough shows Adur Cllr Mike Mendoza the overflowing storm drain problem at St Giles Close

People living in a quiet street were horrified to wake up and discover sewage outside their front doors.

Now Southern Water has apologised to residents of St Giles Close in Shoreham who took photos of the horror that greeted them on Easter Sunday after a garage area outside their homes flooded with sewage.

The problem was caused by a blocked drain or manhole, but because of the bank holidays there was a delay clearing the mess.

On Monday Southern Water cleared the area. Pat Tough, 71, a widow, of St Giles Close, told The Argus: “It’s horrible.

“It started leaking three weeks ago and then there was very heavy rain over the weekend.

“On Sunday it flooded in the garage or ‘the lake’ as we now call it. Most people saw it and stayed away.”

She said her daughter, Alison Tough, 44, lived very near the area and it smelt. Mrs Tough said: ”I don’t blame Southern Water.

“They couldn’t have known this would happen. But it is horrible and we aren’t happy.”

Southern Water attended and set about fixing the error. But in the meantime, the incident prompted a discussion on a Shoreham Facebook page.

One user said: “[My neighbour’s] garden wall has shifted, and the water is bubbling up through the concrete.”

Another, Steven Edwards, branded it “absolutely disgusting”.

A Southern Water spokeswoman yesterday said: “This is an unpleasant situation and we’re sorry we didn’t respond as quickly as customers expected.

“We believe the problem was caused by a blocked or damaged sewer that caused a manhole to overflow.

“Contractors used a heavy jet spray to try and clear the sewer of any blockages on Monday and also carried out a |CCTV inspection of the pipe to check for defects.

“We are in the process of looking at this footage and will return to the area as soon as we can to carry out any further necessary work.”

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10:42am Wed 23 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

caMORON gave Thatcher a wonderful funeral costing this country over £10Million - but it was her that caused these problems by privatisation.

When you have companies who's only interest is to make money and profit it is not sensible to privatise any utility but she did the whole lot - to make more money for the rich and the result is this.

They should all be taken over by the government again and looked after properly instead of this fiasco being allowed to happen any longer.
caMORON gave Thatcher a wonderful funeral costing this country over £10Million - but it was her that caused these problems by privatisation. When you have companies who's only interest is to make money and profit it is not sensible to privatise any utility but she did the whole lot - to make more money for the rich and the result is this. They should all be taken over by the government again and looked after properly instead of this fiasco being allowed to happen any longer. getThisCoalitionOut
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12:43pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Isaac Rinkfern says...

Send the bill to the developers of the houses on the hospital site, overdevelopment without improvement of sewerage systems is going to make this a regular occurrence.

Sewers are like most if us, only able to cope with so much sh......
Send the bill to the developers of the houses on the hospital site, overdevelopment without improvement of sewerage systems is going to make this a regular occurrence. Sewers are like most if us, only able to cope with so much sh...... Isaac Rinkfern
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

angrymonkey says...

no staff on a back holiday or more like not want to pay them a bit more to work over the bank holiday. or like when flooded Worthing cut back on engineers to fix faults?
no staff on a back holiday or more like not want to pay them a bit more to work over the bank holiday. or like when flooded Worthing cut back on engineers to fix faults? angrymonkey
  • Score: 1

8:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
caMORON gave Thatcher a wonderful funeral costing this country over £10Million - but it was her that caused these problems by privatisation.

When you have companies who's only interest is to make money and profit it is not sensible to privatise any utility but she did the whole lot - to make more money for the rich and the result is this.

They should all be taken over by the government again and looked after properly instead of this fiasco being allowed to happen any longer.
YES i think this send off for a dead old Prime Minister was SO so much in AUSTER times ... i hope that David cameron reads this chat in Argus site "!"! ohh ok maybe thats all a bit to much to expect A current prime minister to be able to think of the countries money
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: caMORON gave Thatcher a wonderful funeral costing this country over £10Million - but it was her that caused these problems by privatisation. When you have companies who's only interest is to make money and profit it is not sensible to privatise any utility but she did the whole lot - to make more money for the rich and the result is this. They should all be taken over by the government again and looked after properly instead of this fiasco being allowed to happen any longer.[/p][/quote]YES i think this send off for a dead old Prime Minister was SO so much in AUSTER times ... i hope that David cameron reads this chat in Argus site "!"! ohh ok maybe thats all a bit to much to expect A current prime minister to be able to think of the countries money Mr chock
  • Score: -1

10:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

pat tough says...

my daughter and myself were on scene with camera guys and was established there and then there was a major problem which needed urgent repair; the area was marked where to dig up ; here we are 3days later and promises to have team here in st giles close to do repair ;;no one turned up ;we are so angry its a health
issue ;there are lots children who play outside as a safe area southern water need to get there act together get on with the job and do the paper work after ;my daughter even phoned up today to see where they were to be told by office staff "no further work to be done there ????"
my daughter and myself were on scene with camera guys and was established there and then there was a major problem which needed urgent repair; the area was marked where to dig up ; here we are 3days later and promises to have team here in st giles close to do repair ;;no one turned up ;we are so angry its a health issue ;there are lots children who play outside as a safe area southern water need to get there act together get on with the job and do the paper work after ;my daughter even phoned up today to see where they were to be told by office staff "no further work to be done there ????" pat tough
  • Score: 1

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