Residents cry foul over a burst pipe

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NEIGHBOURS have described seeing raw sewage gush down their street after a pipe burst.

Flooding from the River Cherwell means Thames Water has for five days been unable to fix the large 12-inch sewage pipe in Kidlington, which closed Cherwell Avenue.

Great grandmother-of-three Brenda Williams, who lives in Cherwell Avenue in Kidlington near the Thames Water pumping station, said she first noticed the sewage on Friday.

The 85-year-old said it was the third time in 12 months that sewage had flooded her garden.

Mrs Williams told the Oxford Mail: “We had sewage all in the back garden and up the front garden.

“They (Thames Water) have got to come when it is all finished to disinfect and clean it properly.

“I was in London on holiday and I said to my daughter I am going home. Just as well, I had only been home an hour on Friday and I saw I had sewage in the back garden at about 3pm or 4pm.

She added: “It is getting beyond a joke now. This is the third time in 12 months that I have been flooded with sewage.”

A smell is lingering too, she said: “I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. The smell is going gradually.”

Thames Valley Police shut Cherwell Avenue at 3am on Saturday.

Thames Water staff were called to the problem at the same time by the fire and rescue service.

Thames Water spokeswoman Sarah Sharpe said workers were trying to repair the pipe, but flooding so far meant they could not fix it.

She added: “Our work to repair a broken 12-inch sewer pipe has been considerably slowed by heavy rainfall and floodwater from the River Cherwell entering our sewer network this weekend. “We’re really sorry to those affected by the burst, and we will continue to work around the clock on this job to make sure we get the pipe fixed as soon as we can.”

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Tankers have been pumping water away since Saturday.

Betty Nichols, of Evans Road, raised the alarm after spotting sewage gushing down the road in Evans Lane on Friday.

The 78-year-old said: “It was 11pm. I looked out of my window.

“I was frightened that the water was going to come in, not so much for my house but for my next-door neighbours’.”

Maurice Billington, Cherwell District councillor for Kidlington, also lives in Evans Lane.

He said he had raw sewage flowing in front of his house.

Mr Billington added: “I was horrified. The sewage was right across the road on Friday night.”

“I was concerned for my home. I couldn’t sleep. I had my blinds open all night.”

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11:29am Wed 8 Jan 14

H.J.Harris says...

Why do the reporters on this paper make such a point of the age and number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people mentioned in the article ? is it relevant ?
Why do the reporters on this paper make such a point of the age and number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people mentioned in the article ? is it relevant ? H.J.Harris

12:19pm Wed 8 Jan 14

sablond oxford says...

“We’re really sorry to those affected by the burst, and we will continue to work around the clock on this job to make sure we get the pipe fixed as soon as we can.”
Wonder if anyone living there has acctually seen anyone doing anything to fix the problem?!
If this is the 3rd time in 12 months that its happened shouldn't they have fixed the problem the 1st or 2nd time and so should have been ok by the time floods would effect the sewer network? Sarah Sharpe care to explain that one?
“We’re really sorry to those affected by the burst, and we will continue to work around the clock on this job to make sure we get the pipe fixed as soon as we can.” Wonder if anyone living there has acctually seen anyone doing anything to fix the problem?! If this is the 3rd time in 12 months that its happened shouldn't they have fixed the problem the 1st or 2nd time and so should have been ok by the time floods would effect the sewer network? Sarah Sharpe care to explain that one? sablond oxford

1:52pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Laco says...

Yes, I live near there. I haven't seen any sewage whatsoever (thankfully), however Thames water have been there 24/7 since Friday night. I feel sorry for the people who live next to the alley as the pumping is very loud. Obviously Thames Water as a company should get the blame for not fixing this the first and second time however thank you to the workers who are there day and night to try and fix it!
Yes, I live near there. I haven't seen any sewage whatsoever (thankfully), however Thames water have been there 24/7 since Friday night. I feel sorry for the people who live next to the alley as the pumping is very loud. Obviously Thames Water as a company should get the blame for not fixing this the first and second time however thank you to the workers who are there day and night to try and fix it! Laco

4:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

colinharry says...

H.J.Harris wrote:
Why do the reporters on this paper make such a point of the age and number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people mentioned in the article ? is it relevant ?
LOL....like when some newspaper accuse someone of fiddling benefits...they always point out that the person accused has a flat screen tele ha ha ha
[quote][p][bold]H.J.Harris[/bold] wrote: Why do the reporters on this paper make such a point of the age and number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people mentioned in the article ? is it relevant ?[/p][/quote]LOL....like when some newspaper accuse someone of fiddling benefits...they always point out that the person accused has a flat screen tele ha ha ha colinharry

4:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

angelox99 says...

What a pisstake!!!
What a pisstake!!! angelox99

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