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Burst water pipe causes ‘nightmare’ for residents as sewage floods driveways in Aslockton

todayFebruary 20, 2022

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Disgruntled homeowners say they feel let down after a burst water pipe led to sewage flooding onto their driveways.

There have been delays to fixing a burst water pipe in Abbey Lane, Aslockton, meaning weeks of disruption for motorists and residents living nearby.

Severn Trent apologised after sewage even seeped onto and flooded driveways nearby, going right up to people’s front doors after flowing out onto the road.

Jo Vallance, who has lived on Abbey Lane for the past 35 years, said: “It came right up to our house and next door’s as well.

“They didn’t come and deal with it quickly. I noticed it and reported it and it took a long time for anyone to come and take a look and even then nothing was done about it for a while.

“Nobody told us anything about what was happening.

“People had got a bit fed up with the roadworks and some people were mounting the pavement near these houses just to get around them.



A view of a road closure and work taking place in Abbey Lane, Aslockton.
A view of a road closure and work taking place in Abbey Lane, Aslockton.

“They have finally got it finished now. They have credited my water account with £85, which I don’t think is enough.

“They aren’t actually giving us any money, just money off our bills, and I’ve been told that when it’s sunny the smell can still come off the garden, even though it has been removed.

“People here are really annoyed about it.”

Abbey Lane was closed while the work took place – a burst sewer pipe was repaired on Abbey Lane and also a capital programme was also carried out around the village.

Andy Davidson, a senior engineer who has lived on the road for the past 20 years, said: “We were very lucky, as the houses either side of us had their gardens completely flooded.

“It has been a bit of a nightmare, yeah. Where we are , the roadworks were right in front of the house, and it took about five weeks. This is the main road in and out of the village so I think everyone was getting quite fed-up.

“The sewage was properly bad – it absolutely stunk. My wife rang up to complain and then the next day it was all sorted.

“But it was a right old mess.”

Severn Trent has apologised for the disruption and called the job a “really complicated” one due to the extent of the damage.

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: “We’d like to apologise once again to those customers on Abbey Lane, who were affected by a burst sewer pipe recently. We understand their frustration around the impact it’s had and the time it’s taken to return everything back to normal.

“Our teams did everything they could to minimise the disruption by fixing the pipe as quickly as possible, soon after it was reported to us. However, repairing the road was really complicated and required specialist equipment, due to the extent of the damage.

“We’re extremely grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding while we worked hard on this tricky repair.”

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