Saturday 10 December 2016

Garden full of sewage but no chance of insurance

Jane O'Faherty

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

John Stroud in his garden in Athlone, which has been flooded with raw sewage. Photo: James Flynn/APX
John Stroud in his garden in Athlone, which has been flooded with raw sewage. Photo: James Flynn/APX

Floodwaters may be falling, but the clean-up seems a long way off for John Stroud and his family.

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"We don't have insurance. We are just tenants here," the resident of The Park in Athlone said.

"The landlord doesn't have insurance either. None of the houses here do.

"Because of 2009, we have been classed as being built on a flood plain and we can't be insured," he explained.

John (49) says he hasn't had time to consider the repercussions of not being insured yet, as he does battle with the raw sewage that is currently inundating his garden.

"The smell is a nightmare. It's absolutely disgusting," he told the Irish Independent.

"When you come back after a while, it's really awful," he added. "After a period of time, you don't notice it.

"It's only when people remark on the smell that you remember how bad it is."

John believes it could be weeks, if not months, before all the sewage is gone.

John is one member of a team of residents manning three pumps that have been stationed outside their homes for the past month.

Each person normally monitors the pumps for six hours at a time.

"The water has dropped, but it needs to fall by another eight inches or so," he said.

Irish Independent

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