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Road reopens after sewage leak between two villages

PUBLISHED: 17:45 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 22 May 2018

The sewage flooding Stepshort in Belton.
Picture: Brian Swan

The sewage flooding Stepshort in Belton. Picture: Brian Swan

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A road has reopened after sewage started pouring out of a manhole down a street and flowing into a dyke in Belton.

Police seal off Shortstep in Belton.
Picture: Brian SwanPolice seal off Shortstep in Belton. Picture: Brian Swan

The sewage leak led to Stepshort, which runs between Belton and Burgh Castle, being closed to traffic, with police present at the scene.

However the road reopened at 7pm.

Anglian Water was alerted to the problem and sent engineers out.

Village correspondent Brian Swan said it appeared to be a major failure of a new sewage system with a broken pipe causing raw sewage to pour out of a manhole and through the road surface itself and run into the surface drains.

He said: “It is also running very fast into Stepshort dyke where there are various fish and other creatures feeding, there are also known to be swans in the water, often seen near to the area where the sewage is escaping.”

Earlier this month Anglia Water heralded the completion of a £3m scheme that was said would end decades of flooding upset in Bradwell and Belton.

Part of the major improvement scheme saw a pumping station in Stepshort.

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