Mid Wales

Raw sewage on Welshpool streets 'from collapsed drain'

Raw sewage is spilling out on to streets in a Powys town after a drain collapsed.

Howell Drive and Leighton View in Welshpool have both been affected, and one local councillor says a number of homes have overflowing toilets.

Powys council said it had reported the problem a number of times since last Thursday to water company Severn Trent.

The firm said it was dealing with the problem and apologised for any inconvenience.

A council spokesman said: "We are aware of the problem and have reported it several times to Severn Trent.

Infants school

"We're not involved in any clean-up ourselves and haven't been asked to provide assistance.

"In any case such a clean-up would require specialist equipment to clean up and dispose of it properly."

Councillor Phil Pritchard said the system took sewage from hundreds of homes on the Leighton View estate.

He said homes with overflowing toilets included some belonging to elderly people living in sheltered accommodation.

Mr Pritchard also said children had to walk through raw sewage on their way to their infants school.

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: "Severn Trent contractors, Enterprise, are currently at the scene in Welshpool dealing with reports of a sewage leak.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to the local community."