Woman 'furious' as raw sewage is left to dry in garden ten days after blockage in North Finchley

Woman 'furious' as raw sewage is left to dry in garden ten days after blockage

Lisa Kira outside her home in Percy Road, North Finchley.

Miss Kira took a photo of the raw sewage as it began to spill from a drain in her garden.

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Dried human faeces have been left scattered around a North Finchley garden and alleyway ten days after a drain spewed out gallons of raw sewage.

Lisa Kira said her health was put at risk after a blockage stopped her sinks and toilet draining properly on January 31, leaving an "awful" smell throughout her home in Percy Road.

The next day a drainage company attempted to solve the problem, but as sewage spilled into the 42-year-old’s garden, they said she should contact Thames Water.

Miss Kira, PA to the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, said: “Thames Water sent two engineers who then told me it wasn’t their problem. My entire garden was covered in thick lumps of poo and it was all over my garden furniture. It absolutely stank – it was horrendous.

“The next day Thames Water refused to send anyone else and I just broke down. I was furious.”

The sewage made Miss Kira ill, and she was forced to leave her home and sleep on a friend’s sofa.

She added: “It took a desperate phone call from my friend before Thames Water finally sent someone. It turned out to be a manhole that was blocked in the road.

“They’ve cleared most of the sewage but I’ve still got dried poo all over my garden and it’s in the alleyway as well.

“This is my second week off work because I’ve been so ill. I’m really annoyed at the way Thames Water is dealing with the situation. They did not want to accept responsibility when all along it was their problem. Ten days later and I’m still suffering.”

Thames Water told the Times Series it is under “enormous strain” due to flooding and is investigating the incident.

A spokesman said: “We know many of our customers are having a difficult time dealing with flooding. We’re under enormous strain too – with a network that’s only supposed to take wastewater being inundated with floodwater, we’re working extremely hard to manage sewer levels.

“Teams are working around the clock, our resources are stretched and we’re on constant high alert, but we’re doing our best in difficult circumstances.”

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3:54pm Wed 12 Feb 14

barnet123 says...

Nice dressing gown
Nice dressing gown barnet123
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7:48pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Neville Longbottom says...

I like her coat too.
I like her coat too. Neville Longbottom
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10:22am Thu 13 Feb 14

Andrew Haynes says...

An “enormous strain” may be what produced the "thick lumps of poo" in the first place. But it's a good garden fertiliser.
An “enormous strain” may be what produced the "thick lumps of poo" in the first place. But it's a good garden fertiliser. Andrew Haynes
  • Score: 1

6:52am Fri 14 Feb 14

Mr. Datchery says...

Dear oh dear there are some vile people revelling in another's misfortune commenting here as usual.
Dear oh dear there are some vile people revelling in another's misfortune commenting here as usual. Mr. Datchery
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9:23am Fri 14 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Lighten up, Mr Crotchety, "Vile people revelling in another's misfortune" is so OTT it made me smile. No one is "revelling in another's misfortune", and a bit of lighthearted banter doesn't harm anyone, Mr Tetchy. The comments relate not to Miss Kira's plight but to the article's text and its accompanying photograph. There is nothing to suggest that the people who made the comments are not also genuinely sympathetic towards Miss Kira's plight.
Lighten up, Mr Crotchety, "Vile people revelling in another's misfortune" is so OTT it made me smile. No one is "revelling in another's misfortune", and a bit of lighthearted banter doesn't harm anyone, Mr Tetchy. The comments relate not to Miss Kira's plight but to the article's text and its accompanying photograph. There is nothing to suggest that the people who made the comments are not also genuinely sympathetic towards Miss Kira's plight. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Sun 16 Feb 14

james smyth says...

Despite all the hysteria about poo etc being scattered all around ,to let it dry is the easiest way of dealing with it . to try to wash it down only spreads it further .The bacteria in it will also die. As for the lady being so ill she couldn't go to work is so over the top its beyond belief !
I'm not being totally unsympathetic before Mr meldrew starts whinging but come on get a grip ..............not unless your wearing gloves !
Despite all the hysteria about poo etc being scattered all around ,to let it dry is the easiest way of dealing with it . to try to wash it down only spreads it further .The bacteria in it will also die. As for the lady being so ill she couldn't go to work is so over the top its beyond belief ! I'm not being totally unsympathetic before Mr meldrew starts whinging but come on get a grip ..............not unless your wearing gloves ! james smyth
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