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Complaints flooding in as raw sewage flows in Junction streets

Published date: 02 January 2013 |
Published by: Iwan Berry
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DRAINAGE problems in Llandudno Junction have hit businesses and residents hard as streets were flooded with raw sewage.

Faults with sewage works have caused an overflow of sewage from manholes on Broad Street and Conway Road, leading to health worries for residents and one business losing “hundreds of pounds”.

Councillors want water treatment companies to bring forward work to improve drainage systems in the area, and prevent homes from having to repeatedly prepare sandbags during heavy rains.

Sandra Taylor, manager of the Station Stores on Conway Road, said the problem of flooding had affected the area for a number of years, but had only recently started to get worse.

She said: “It’s been dreadful. It gets on the pavement so nobody can come into the store.

“The water board come and take photographs, put up signs up warning of floods, and that’s it.

“We’ve got the sandbags ready, but we’ve lost hundreds of pounds in custom.”

Cllr Mike Priestley called for major developments to be put on hold until problems were solved, and wants planning applications to be scrutinised to see how they would impact on drainage systems.

“The council is often called out to erect flood signs and hand out sandbags to residents, followed by Welsh Water sanitising the area,” he said.

“This is not sustainable.

“I have serious concerns regarding the health and safety for pedestrians in this area”

A spokesman for Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru said: “We are at present experiencing prolonged periods of exceptionally heavy rainfall which has overloaded our combined sewerage system in some areas. We are doing all we can to alleviate the problem and keep the system operational.

“We have already liaised with Councillor Michael Priestley and are working with him and other agencies to resolve this issue.”

Any flooding containing sewage can be reported to Welsh Water on 08000 853 968.

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