Sewer cleaners had their work cut out when a sewer tank became blocked in Coulsdon and sewerage seeped into the gardens of several homeowners.

The raw sewage started to seep onto Reddown Road on the 14th of Feb and drain cleaners in London were immediately called to the site. The sludge and sewerage stretched the distance of ten houses and caused serious damage to homeowner’s property. One resident told the Coulsdon and Purley Advertiser:

“It was disgusting, you could smell it all the way through the house. It made me want to be sick.”

Thames Water attended the site and drain cleaners spent ten day tackling the issue,which was ciuased by items in the drain blocking the storm water tank inlet.

A spokesperson for Thames Water stated:

“We are really sorry to the customers impacted.

“Sewer flooding is truly miserable and we are doing everything we can to get their homes back to normal as soon as possible.

“The flooding has been caused by a blockage in a storm tank of rags and cooking fat – things that should not be poured down the drain.

“We can assure residents that we are doing everything we can to try and prevent this happening again in the future.”

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