Village: End our flooding nightmare

Heavy rains in a west Norfolk village yesterday have sparked more calls for something to be done about flooding.Residents in Necton have been trying to resolve an issue with flooding in their village for years.

Heavy rains in a west Norfolk village yesterday have sparked more calls for something to be done about flooding.

Residents in Necton have been trying to resolve an issue with flooding in their village for years.

Heavy rain causes raw sewerage to spill over from sewers in the village.

But despite a meeting earlier this month to try and resolve the issue, the problem still seems to be at a stalemate.


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Anglian Water says its sewers are being flooded because surface water drains have been incorrectly connected to them and that the best thing that could happen is for people to disconnect them and create proper soakaways.

Breckland Council said while it appeared that the situation was beyond its normal powers, this was of little comfort to those affected and that they would make renewed efforts to work alongside Anglian Water to resolve the situation.

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Richard Cullen, a resident of Chantry Court which suffers from the problem, said something needed to be done.

Last night he said: “It has been going on for five-and-a-half years now. It is not good. Highways came out on Wednesday and pumped mess away and it is back again today because of the rains last night.”

A meeting held between Anglian Water, Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council earlier in the month resulted in Anglian Water saying it would investigate the issue.

A spokesman from AW last night said the best option would be to get the surface water drains disconnected from the foul sewerage, but that it would look into increasing the capacity of their sewerage.

However, that could be a lengthy process and could result in smelly drains because sewerage might get left sitting at the bottom of the pipes.

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