Grim moment river of poo floods gardens after sewage spills from blocked drains
Disgusting footage shows untreated sewage flooding people's gardens after fat and sanitary towels blocked the drains.
In the clip, recorded in a Stoke-on-Trent estate on Saturday (August 21), a river of human poo and urine is running down lawns and paving slabs as people watch in distress.
The residents in Norton Heights were told the blockage and resultant flood was caused by a "mass of fat" and "sanitary towels", Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
Severn Trent Water, who were called out to deal with the incident on Sunday, blamed the clog on those who were dumping "unflushables" down the toilet.
Resident Jan Rogers, of Burtree Drive, said: "We have had raw sewage running through the gardens and car park.
"It’s been a real mess, no one wants to take responsibility. It’s contaminated and this is a pollution issue.
"There were sanitary towels and plastic bags in the garden – you name it, it all came through."
Residents were left with a thick sediment of human waste in their gardens and had no choice but to clean it up themselves with hosepipes, as seen in the video.
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The foul-smelling sewage is also coating people's walkways so they can't enter their homes without treading in human poo.
Ward councillor Candi Chetwynd was alerted to the incident on Saturday (August 21) by concerned residents.
She said: "It’s your worst nightmare to have raw sewage running in the streets and the gardens.
"It’s not fair that residents should be left picking up the pieces."
A spokesperson for Severn Trent Water said: "On Sunday our teams went out to clear a blockage from a sewer on Burtree Drive.
"When the blockage was cleared it was found to be a mass of fat, which had blocked the sewer and caused it to overflow.
"There has been some flooding from the blocked manhole which made its way into the street and we’re really sorry this has happened."
Severn Trent told people to be careful about what they flush because the pipes can become blocked again.
The spokesperson said: "We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that leftover cooking fats should never be washed down the drain, as it can easily stick to unflushables such as wipes and sanitary items leading to blocked sewers."
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