Blockage at Norfolk pumping station causes sewage flood

The leaking sewage at Horsford The leaking sewage at Horsford

Friday, December 20, 2013
5:41 PM

A blockage at a Norfolk village pumping station caused raw sewage to escape and flood a nearby water course.

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The blockage at Horsford on Thursday morning at 7.45am was caused when materials such as wet wipes, nappies and sanitary products clogged up the system and prevented the pumps at the station from working as they were designed, forcing sewage to back up and flood.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Engineers went to the site as quickly as possible to get the pumps working again and stop the flooding.

“Our teams are now working with the Environment Agency and specialists to make sure the whole area is thoroughly cleaned, to minimise any environmental impact and restore the cattle field.

“The heavy storm overnight on Wednesday flushed through a lot of unflushable materials, such as wet wipes, nappies and sanitary products, which shouldn’t be in the sewers in the first place.

“Regrettably, these materials clogged the system preventing the pumps from working as they’re designed, causing sewage to back up and flood.”

Horsford resident Tristan Scott said his children played in the water course while his cattle drank from it, but the flood had caused it to become polluted.

He added: “This is the second time it has happened in a year.

“It has flooded my field which I keep cattle on, so I can not allow them to graze this area.”


  • Im afraid you've got it spot on Skoalbandit. In my last house, we were the last but one in the line for manholes in our road. Several times we had the unpleasant task of using the drain rods to clear a blocked sewer because the family in the last house (who had a baby) had blocked the drain with disposable nappies. These people just don't think about the problems they cause their neighbours! But then again; what the heck? Theirs isn't the garden that gets swamped in sewerage is it? So, to all you new Mums; don't flush your disposable nappies down the toilet-Bag it and bin it, PLEASE!!!!!

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    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Inconsiderate idiots who can't dispose of their waste properly. Out of sight out of mind is the attitude. Plenty of young mothers living on the horsebeck estate?

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    Friday, December 20, 2013

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