Sewage pours into residents’ gardens

Swindon Advertiser: Marcelo Moreira in his back garden in Drove Road, where the sewage came up Buy this photo » Marcelo Moreira in his back garden in Drove Road, where the sewage came up

RESIDENTS in Drove Road were faced with a foul sight and smell on Monday morning as they found their gardens full of raw sewage.

After a night of heavy rain and wind houses with sewer covers in their back gardens had to deal with bubbling fountains of excrement and toilet tissue, forced to the surface by a collapsed sewer running under the homes in the street.

Adults kept their children and pets indoors for all of Monday and Tuesday while Thames Water investigated.

Tankers were drafted in by the utility company to pump the sewage away from the houses on Monday and prevent it happening again until the main sewer is repaired.

Cristiane Moreira, a 34-year-old mother of two, who was faced with an ankle-deep mixture of sludge and sanitary towels, said: “I saw it on Monday morning and it was pouring out.

“It isn’t safe for my eight-year-old son to go outside in the garden. It needs to be cleaned up.”

Tracy Watts, a 44-year-old telephonist says she does not feel it safe for her cat to go outside while there is sewage there .

“It was raining very hard on Monday morning, and that was simply washing it down the garden, spreading it around,” she said.

“Thames Water had been round and said the main sewer had collapsed and they have identified where it is.

“They didn’t say they were already aware of the problem when I called but they have been good in dealing with the problem.

“They are going to repair the sewer and clean out the garden then hopefully, because I don’t feel safe doing it.

“It’s not safe and it’s not good. I’m home from work ill at the moment and it’s far from ideal.

“No one wants to go outside and clean it up, but it needs to be done.

“They need to be here quickly, there is no way I can go out there and do it.

“This has never happened in the five years I have lived here.”

A Thames Water spokesman said: “We’re really sorry for the mess and will make sure everything is thoroughly cleaned-up.

“We will also be monitoring the collapsed sewer closely from now on and, when needed, use a tanker to pump out any sewage until it is fully repaired.”

The cause of the collapse remains unknown.

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7:10am Wed 18 Dec 13

philmcm2 says...

Great reporting! Nowhere does it mention what town, village or settlement this happened in. Could be anywhere, really.
Great reporting! Nowhere does it mention what town, village or settlement this happened in. Could be anywhere, really. philmcm2

7:50am Wed 18 Dec 13

stu2010 says...

Great fertilizer though. Their marrows will be massive next year!
Great fertilizer though. Their marrows will be massive next year! stu2010

8:42am Wed 18 Dec 13

female resident says...

philmcm2 wrote:
Great reporting! Nowhere does it mention what town, village or settlement this happened in. Could be anywhere, really.
As it is the Swindon Advertiser and the road name mentioned in the first sentence is a key road in the town, most people would feel that the reporting was quite satisfactory.
[quote][p][bold]philmcm2[/bold] wrote: Great reporting! Nowhere does it mention what town, village or settlement this happened in. Could be anywhere, really.[/p][/quote]As it is the Swindon Advertiser and the road name mentioned in the first sentence is a key road in the town, most people would feel that the reporting was quite satisfactory. female resident

9:09am Wed 18 Dec 13

Mango man says...

philmcm2 wrote:
Great reporting! Nowhere does it mention what town, village or settlement this happened in. Could be anywhere, really.
You're reading a Swindon paper and it's a story about houses in Drove Road. Would you like a map or perhaps some GPS coordinates? Are you for real?!
[quote][p][bold]philmcm2[/bold] wrote: Great reporting! Nowhere does it mention what town, village or settlement this happened in. Could be anywhere, really.[/p][/quote]You're reading a Swindon paper and it's a story about houses in Drove Road. Would you like a map or perhaps some GPS coordinates? Are you for real?! Mango man

9:22am Wed 18 Dec 13

PaulD says...

to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper...

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to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper... http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2013/12/18/1088346 9.Sewage_pours_into_ residents____gardens / PaulD

9:55am Wed 18 Dec 13

Mango man says...

PaulD wrote:
to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper...

http://www.gazettean

dherald.co.uk/archiv

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The Drove Road in Swindon is the only one in the area covered by these papers, the bloke above was just attempting to have a pop at the Adver and failing miserably.......
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper... http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2013/12/18/1088346 9.Sewage_pours_into_ residents____gardens /[/p][/quote]The Drove Road in Swindon is the only one in the area covered by these papers, the bloke above was just attempting to have a pop at the Adver and failing miserably....... Mango man

9:59am Wed 18 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Usual cr4p reporting then!
Usual cr4p reporting then! house on the hill

10:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

PaulD says...

house on the hill wrote:
Usual cr4p reporting then!
Indeed it is.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Usual cr4p reporting then![/p][/quote]Indeed it is. PaulD

10:10am Wed 18 Dec 13

PaulD says...

Mango man wrote:
PaulD wrote: to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper... http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2013/12/18/1088346 9.Sewage_pours_into_ residents____gardens /
The Drove Road in Swindon is the only one in the area covered by these papers, the bloke above was just attempting to have a pop at the Adver and failing miserably.......
Surely it is not the reader's job to ascertain this? I know that Drove Road is in Swindon, but if you live in Chippenham or Melksham, you would likely not be aware of this, despite the story appearing in your 'local' paper. It was parochial reporting. Stories like this also get syndicated to other world news feeds, whether they are of interest to anyone or not. e.g. this story appeaar in Google's news feeds (if you look for it). There is is shown as being harvested from the SwindonAdvertiser, but other newsfeeds may not show this e.g. newsquest's own North Wilts Gazette

It's fun being an Informatiom Analyst.
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper... http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2013/12/18/1088346 9.Sewage_pours_into_ residents____gardens /[/p][/quote]The Drove Road in Swindon is the only one in the area covered by these papers, the bloke above was just attempting to have a pop at the Adver and failing miserably.......[/p][/quote]Surely it is not the reader's job to ascertain this? I know that Drove Road is in Swindon, but if you live in Chippenham or Melksham, you would likely not be aware of this, despite the story appearing in your 'local' paper. It was parochial reporting. Stories like this also get syndicated to other world news feeds, whether they are of interest to anyone or not. e.g. this story appeaar in Google's news feeds (if you look for it). There is is shown as being harvested from the SwindonAdvertiser, but other newsfeeds may not show this e.g. newsquest's own North Wilts Gazette It's fun being an Informatiom Analyst. PaulD

11:03am Wed 18 Dec 13

moonshine50 says...

The Swindon Advertiser is hopeless at everything.
The Swindon Advertiser is hopeless at everything. moonshine50

12:50pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Disco20 says...

PaulD wrote:
Mango man wrote:
PaulD wrote: to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper... http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2013/12/18/1088346 9.Sewage_pours_into_ residents____gardens /
The Drove Road in Swindon is the only one in the area covered by these papers, the bloke above was just attempting to have a pop at the Adver and failing miserably.......
Surely it is not the reader's job to ascertain this? I know that Drove Road is in Swindon, but if you live in Chippenham or Melksham, you would likely not be aware of this, despite the story appearing in your 'local' paper. It was parochial reporting. Stories like this also get syndicated to other world news feeds, whether they are of interest to anyone or not. e.g. this story appeaar in Google's news feeds (if you look for it). There is is shown as being harvested from the SwindonAdvertiser, but other newsfeeds may not show this e.g. newsquest's own North Wilts Gazette It's fun being an Informatiom Analyst.
Mountain - Molehill? Its a story about sh!t... What do you expect...
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: to the two posters above. Swindon stories also appear in the North Wilts Gazette and Herald newspaper... http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2013/12/18/1088346 9.Sewage_pours_into_ residents____gardens /[/p][/quote]The Drove Road in Swindon is the only one in the area covered by these papers, the bloke above was just attempting to have a pop at the Adver and failing miserably.......[/p][/quote]Surely it is not the reader's job to ascertain this? I know that Drove Road is in Swindon, but if you live in Chippenham or Melksham, you would likely not be aware of this, despite the story appearing in your 'local' paper. It was parochial reporting. Stories like this also get syndicated to other world news feeds, whether they are of interest to anyone or not. e.g. this story appeaar in Google's news feeds (if you look for it). There is is shown as being harvested from the SwindonAdvertiser, but other newsfeeds may not show this e.g. newsquest's own North Wilts Gazette It's fun being an Informatiom Analyst.[/p][/quote]Mountain - Molehill? Its a story about sh!t... What do you expect... Disco20

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