Floods Special: A real stink over sewage in garden

PUBLISHED: 17:43 03 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:56 04 May 2010

NOT AGAIN! Albert Covell is battling to keep sewage out of his garden. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

NOT AGAIN! Albert Covell is battling to keep sewage out of his garden. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

LITTLEPORT pensioner, Albert Covell, is locked into a battle with Anglian Water over sewage flooding into his back garden. Mr Covell, 78, has been fighting with the problem for almost seven months now and was hit again with the latest floods on Thursday.

LITTLEPORT pensioner, Albert Covell, is locked into a battle with Anglian Water over sewage flooding into his back garden.

Mr Covell, 78, has been fighting with the problem for almost seven months now and was hit again with the latest floods on Thursday.

Heavy rain caused the drains in Mr Covell's back garden to overflow again, leaving sewage all over his lawn and patio.

Mr Covell believes, however, that the problem highlights the structural problems that exist in Littleport with new homes being built and the drains not coping.

Anglian Water is aware of the problem, but Mr Covell claims he is given a different explanation as to the cause of the problem every time.

"They come out, clear it all up and give me a different idea every time," he added. "Then within the next few weeks it's flooded again."

A spokesman from Anglian Water apologised for the sewage problems experienced by East Cambridgeshire residents during the flash-floods.

He said Mr Covell's case is the subject of a continuing investigation, because the ownership of the sewer near his property is under question.

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