Family’s ‘disgust’ at vermin, sewage

Dead vermin that washed up through the manhole. 0908SJ60

Dead vermin that washed up through the manhole. 0908SJ60

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A Dernaflaw family say they have “had enough” of vermin and “disgusting” sewage washing up outside their front door everytime there is a downpour.

Fergal Duffy says the problem started last year and occurs when sewage pipes overflow.

Colr. Tony McCaul with Foreglen resident Fergal Duffy. (0908PG100)

Colr. Tony McCaul with Foreglen resident Fergal Duffy. (0908PG100)

“Once the rain starts, after five minutes, the lid of the manhole comes off and the sewage is running down the road. The pipes under the sink start rattling and the smell is all through the house,” he said.

The latest episode happened at the weekend, after heavy showers on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s awful and the smell would make you vomit. We’ve phoned everyone we have been advised to call but nothing seems to resolve it,” he said. “I think the problem is that the sewage system is so old and over the past five to six years there have been 50 or so new houses built around here and I don’t think the system is able to cope.”

Local councillor, Sinn Fein’s Tony McCaul said: “The smell is awful and no one should have to put up with that on their doorstep. It is affecting the family badly and they shoudn’t have to put up with it. I have been trying to get an answer to this but I’m told there are no blockages.”

Washed up refuse outside the Duffy's house. 0908SJ66

Washed up refuse outside the Duffy's house. 0908SJ66

A spokesperson for NI Water said: “NI Water can confirm it received reports through the Flooding Incident Line of a manhole overflowing outside this property on Saturday 6th August. NI Water visited the property on Saturday evening and spoke with the owners. On inspection, the sewer was clear from any blockages but became overloaded with heavy rain.

“NI Water did carry out CCTV of this sewer last month which showed no structural defects, however, staff will be visiting the site again today in order to investigate further.”