Mid Wales

Welshpool sewer collapse repaired say Severn Trent

A water company says it has repaired a collapsed sewer that caused raw sewerage to spill onto streets in a Powys town.

Severn Trent said it and a contractor had been working for two days to carry out the work in Welshpool.

Howell Drive and Leighton View in the town were both affected and one local councillor said a number of homes had overflowing toilets.

Severn Trent said it had cleaned the area and apologised to those affected.

Earlier this week Councillor Phil Pritchard told BBC Wales 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.

In a statement Severn Trent said it had been working with its contractor Enterprise to mend the sewer.

"The area was cleansed and jetting took place to clear the sewer and locate the collapse," it said.

The company said workmen dug down and repaired the sewer and all the work, including the reinstatement, was completed on Wednesday.

"Sewer flooding is extremely unpleasant and we would like to apologise to anyone who was affected by this incident," it added.

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