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Residents' fury as homes fill with raw sewage

Families in Kent are furious at Southern Water that sewage flooded into their homes from a burst drain. The householders in Margate had only moved in to the new properties three weeks ago.

In a statement today Southern Water said: “We sincerely apologise for the disruption and distress caused by this unexpected incident. Initial investigations indicate that the incident was the result of a blockage caused by a build up of debris such as wet wipes, nappies and fat deposits.

Our team are on site dealing with the situation and liaising directly with the family affected and a comprehensive clean-up is being completed”.

Click on the link below to see David Johns' report.

Margate sewage flooding: Southern Water statement

Southern Water has issued a statement after raw sewage flooded into people's homes in Margate from a burst drain.

The householders had only moved in to the new properties three weeks ago.

We sincerely apologise for the disruption and distress caused by this unexpected incident. Initial investigations indicate that the incident was the result of a blockage caused by a build up of debris such as wet wipes, nappies and fat deposits in the sewer. Our team are on site dealing with the situation and liaising directly with the family affected and a comprehensive clean-up is being completed”.

– Southern Water spokesperson

Families furious after new homes flooded with sewage

Flooded houses at All Saints Avenue Credit: Donna Tuckell

Families on a road in Margate are furious after sewage flooded into their homes from a burst drain.

The householders had only moved in to the new properties three weeks ago.

Contractors pump the sewage out of residents' homes Credit: Donna Tuckell

Southern Water have been unable to comment about the incident so far this morning.

The living room in one resident's home Credit: Donna Tuckell

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Inquiry into Southern Water spill

Thanet Council today launched an inquiry into a massive sewage spill in June which saw tonnes of raw sewage pumped directly into the sea after a failure at the Foreness Point pumping station.

More than twenty beaches along 16 miles of the Kent coast were closed to swimmers this summer during the Jubilee holiday period.

Now, some local businesses are seeking tens of thousands of pounds in compensation. And it comes as another pumping station fails - this time in Sussex. With more on the story, our Correspondent Sarah Saunders.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Instructor Dave Melmouth, Independent Councillor Ian Driver from Thanet District Council and Paul Kent from Southern Water.

Public meeting follows sewage leak

A public meeting will be held later to investigate why untreated sewage leaked from a water treatment facility, contaminating 16 miles of the Kent coastline.

Thanet District Council was forced to close 22 beaches after the leak from Southern Water's Foreness Point pumping station.

It's believed that the plant discharged the sewage into the sea after it failed to cope with heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency and Southern Water will both be represented at the meeting, with business leaders calling on the company to provide compensation following the beach closures.

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