Neighbourhood left without toilets after flooding

PUBLISHED: 13:05 24 September 2012

Austin Sayer captured this image of flooding in Milverton, off Dunster Crescent

Austin Sayer captured this image of flooding in Milverton, off Dunster Crescent

Austin Sayer

FLOODING in a Weston estate has seen residents left without toilets as sewer water has flooded gardens and rendered pathways impassable.

Several people living near water which has flooded grassland in Milverton on the Oldmixon estate had no useable toilets on Monday after sewerage problems caused by flooding outside their houses.

It is not the first time the problem has blighted the area, by the railway line off Dunster Crescent – the Mercury reported how the same place flooded in August due to drainage issues.

With the recent rainfall, the problem has got much worse and North Somerset Council’s repairs have not helped the problem, say residents.

Helen Bishop, aged 44, who lives beside the land, said: “I have never seen it as bad as this, ever.

“All the toilets are overfilling, you flush it and it just fills up.

“The council came and put gravel down as a temporary measure but it’s just made it worse.

“It is worrying that it is up to the front of the houses.”

Daniel Athay, aged 22, who was staying with mum Helen, said: “You can’t get out of the house without wellies.

“My dad is disabled so he can’t get out of the house. He has trouble going to the toilet anyway, so the toilet not working and the water outside is making it hard for him.

“The gravel the council has put down hasn’t worked at all.

“The council needs to sort it as soon as possible.”

Malcolm Ham, another nearby resident, said: “The drain itself is blocked. Sewage water is flooding into people’s front gardens. It is a danger.

“It is disgusting. The council should have done more before now to make sure people don’t get flooded.”

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