Great Yarmouth couple's dream home turns into flooding nightmare
PUBLISHED: 16:48 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:31 04 August 2017
A couple are demanding strong action be taken by a water company after their front of their home has been flooded for the fifth time in little over a year.
Trevor and Linda Youngs have seen excrement, tampons and toilet paper left in their garden and drive way after flood waters subside at their home in Caister Road, Great Yarmouth.
The flooding happens during torrential rain with waste matter being carried from an Anglian Water gully by their home, which neighbours Northgate Street, which is notorious for flash floods.
Last month the Youngs’ garden was hit by flooding three times, following on from two instances of flooding last summer.
Mr Youngs, 72 and his 68-year-old wife have lived in their home for 18 months and had hoped to spend the rest of their lives there.
However the flooding is testing their patience and they have asked Anglian Water to solve the problem.
The Youngs, who have received support for the calls by borough councillor Malcolm Bird, say before they moved in a hump had been removed at the front of the garden designed to stop flooding, but they say it would never have stopped the high levels of water swamping the front of their property.
Mr Youngs, who is from Gorleston originally and was a radio operator, said: “Once the water goes down we are left with toilet paper, tampons and excrement.
“It smells disgusting, we can’t open our windows.
“It is affecting us badly. Surely something can be done about it?”
His wife added: “This was going to be our forever home and now it is a nightmare home.”
After each flooding episode Anglian Water has paid for contractors to remove the waste from the Young’s property and resurface the front areas affected.
A spokeswoman for Anglian Water said: “We know flooding can be an upsetting experience and we are sorry to hear Mr and Mrs Youngs are affected by flooding during heavy rainfall.
“Prior to the Youngs owning the property speed humps were installed across the driveway to reduce the risk of flooding.
“These were removed without our knowledge and we have offered to reinstate these.
“We are also working with the customer and the local council to explore whether any other techniques, bar reinstalling the speed humps, would reduce the risk of flooding to their driveway.”