Sewage runs in village street

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RAW sewage flowed in a village street this week after a pumping station failed.

Anglian Water has issued an apology to residents in Holywell Row after sewage bubbled up from drains in The Street.

Gary Peachey, a councillor for Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill, said he was confronted with the sewage after stepping out for a dog walk on Monday night.

Despite Cllr Peachey reporting the leak at around 6pm that night, sewage was still surging up from the drain the following day.

He said: “It was running down the street and outside people’s homes. Every time a car goes past it sprays the sewage all over the gardens.

“It smells terrible and it’s just not safe. Anglian Water says it has been out to look at it, but it’s still there in the street.”

On Wednesday, no signs or barriers had been put up to warn people of the spillage and it took a further complaint to get Anglian Water technicians out on site, according to Cllr Peachey.

“They came out around 4pm to spray down the road and driveways but the tanker didn’t get out till five.

“If there’s a problem they need to deal with it but it shouldn’t take that long to come out and clean up the street,” he said.

Sarah D’Arcy, spokeswoman for Anglian Water said on Tuesday that the problems were being caused by urgent repair work at the Holborn Avenue pumping station.

“This has been caused by a pump and valve failure at the site and we are working hard to make repairs as quickly as possible.

“We have been made aware of a possible spill of sewage during the tankering operation yesterday evening. Clearly this should not have happened and we apologise.

“We would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding,” she said.

On Wednesday, an Anglian Water spokesman insisted it was doing all it could to fix the Holborn Avenue pumping station problem.