Resident’s shock at filthy flood

Christine Hoggarth pictured next to the flood at the front of her house.'114954b. Picture Kevin Allen.'08/12/11.
Christine Hoggarth pictured next to the flood at the front of her house.'114954b. Picture Kevin Allen.'08/12/11.

A SCARBOROUGH woman was horrified when large amounts of dirty water - including raw sewage - leaked into her garden.

Christine Hoggarth, of Racecourse Road, East Ayton, was shocked to see the flood come through the back garden into the front, almost covering her driveway in the process.

The 59 year old gardener rang Yorkshire Water straight away, as she was worried the filthy water would flood across the footpath where children walk to school.

Mrs Hoggarth couldn’t get out of her driveway and when a representative arrived from Yorkshire Water, he had to tiptoe around the edge of the flood to get onto the property.

She said: “It was disgusting. It came right through the garden and was bubbling up through a manhole.

“It’s contaminated the garden and the smell was awful. It was definitely raw sewage.”

Mrs Hoggarth said this has never happened before, but was keen to find out what had gone wrong and make sure it didn’t happen again.

Yorkshire Water carried out a clear-up operation the day after it happened, using special equipment to suck up the floodwater and take it away for safe disposal.

However, Mrs Hoggarth said there is still quite a bit of dirt left in the borders and is concerned about lasting effects from pollutants in the water.

She said: “There’s still quite a bit of cleaning to do, but it’s much better than it was.

“I just feel that Yorkshire Water could have come out quicker to sort out the problem. I felt that I wasn’t treated as a priority, even though the flood contained raw sewage.”

A spokesman from Yorkshire Water said: “Obviously we take any incident of a sewage discharge being found in someone’s garden extremely seriously and the team arrived as quickly as possible in order to address the issue and rectify the problem.”