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Sewer Overflows Making Par like "Bermuda Triangle"

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7:01am 31st August 2012

Pirate FM has learnt some Cornish families are being forced to use supermarket toilets to avoid sewers overflowing at home.

Heavy rain is blocking drains in Par and sending waste water spilling out onto the streets.

It comes two years after their homes were devastated by flash floods.

Local Debbie Evans said she feels like her life is on hold: "We can't work, we can't sleep we can't go on day trips or holidays we can't rely on Christmas. We can't put the Christmas presents out on Christmas Eve because if there's a black cloud in the sky and it might rain, then we could get flooded and the kids end up with nothing.

"We've got children walking ankle deep in raw sewage and it's like a bath, you fill it up and it fills up really quickly and then the water disappears really quickly. We are like the Bermuda Triangle. No one knows we exist."

Campaigners say the local pumping station keeps shorting out too.

They say blocked drains are lifting up manhole covers, which they claim is putting traffic on the main road at risk.

Andrew Seymourson's demanding action from South West Water: "This is happening every time it rains and it doesn't have to be heavy rain. Just a ten to twenty minute shower can cause the drains to back up and within fifteen minutes it's flying out all over the roads and pavements."

Locals say blocked drains are lifting up manhole covers, which they claim is putting traffic on the main road at risk.

Richard Gilpin from South West Water insisted work is in hand: "We have got some money set aside to upgrade it and it will be upgraded in the next few months. Its control systems are old but they can be modernised and that's what we're looking to do as part of the programme of works to improve the flooding and drainage in that area."

7:01am 31st August 2012

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