Rain brings Reydon sewers misery

It was the first significant rainfall in the village for 37 days but could hardly be construed as the great flood. However, yesterday morning's brief cloudburst at Reydon, near Southwold, was enough to launch two pensioners into a well-rehearsed drill.

It was the first significant rainfall in the village for 37 days but could hardly be construed as the great flood.

However, yesterday morning's brief cloudburst at Reydon, near Southwold, was enough to launch two pensioners into a well-rehearsed drill.

Donning wellingtons and picking up buckets and spades, Roger Skipsey, 80, and Tom Dicks, 86, raced outside to begin dealing with an influx of sewage into their gardens.

Mr Skipsey has become so accustomed to the problem since he moved into Nicholas Drive in 1975 that he has even built a 6in pipe through his garage to drain the fluid from his back garden to the road at the front.

He said: “The problem was created at the time they got planning permission for our houses in the 1960s and connected us to the main sewer in Nicholas Drive. The fall in our connecting pipe is so slight that, as soon as there is the slightest back-up

in the main sewer caused by heavy rainfall, we get sewage flooding into our gardens.”

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He said Anglian Water quickly responded to each emergency, sending a team out to unblock the drains, but it had refused consistently to solve the problem by connecting them to the sewer of a neighbouring road.

The root of the problem was that no one seemed prepared to meet the cost.

Mr Skipsey said: “On days like this you can't step outside without your wellingtons on, and then you don't know what to do with your wellingtons afterwards. It is not just rainwater that overflows.

“There is everything from human excrement to toilet paper and sanitary towels. And it all has to be shovelled up.”

Anthea Stutchbury, who lives next door, highlighted their plight to the EDP, saying: “No one seems able to solve their problem, and as they get older the task of dealing with it is becoming ever more wearing.”

Anglian Water last night confirmed that staff had gone out to deal with the immediate problem and promised to investigate the underlying issues thoroughly.

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