Sewage floods Hatfield gardens

PUBLISHED: 09:42 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 11 February 2016

Travellers Lane in Hatfield has been plagued by leaking sewage

Travellers Lane in Hatfield has been plagued by leaking sewage


Neighbours in Hatfield helped each other keep a flood of foul-smelling water out of their homes twice in three days.

On both last Thursday evening and Saturday morning, people living in Travellers Lane spent hours dealing with untreated sewage coming from a manhole cover in the front garden of Number 48, home of Sheila and Simon Archer.

On both occasions, Thames Water engineers eventually managed to stem the tide by clearing underground blockages, but to Mrs Archer’s anger they had not been back to clean gardens and the pavement outside by Tuesday.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “There are still traces of toilet paper. They should have come back to disinfect the garden.”

A spokesman for Thames Water said “Sewer flooding is a miserable experience and we’re doing all we can to help clear our customers’ gardens using specialist tankers.

“Our network, which is only designed to take wastewater, has been inundated following the heavy rain.

“Once we’ve cleared the area we will be fully cleaning up before inspecting and reinforcing our sewer pipes where necessary to reduce the risk of this happening again.”

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