Bull Ring swims in sewage after summer deluge

With shoppers unable to see the usual colourful displays of flowers, fruit and vegetable outside her store, Heather Tate says the floods cost her much trade.
With shoppers unable to see the usual colourful displays of flowers, fruit and vegetable outside her store, Heather Tate says the floods cost her much trade.

Traders in Horncastle’s Bull Ring are demanding compensation after flooding cost them a morning’s trade on Saturday.

Their closures followed flooding early on Saturday after a night of heavy rain.

They say a block drain caused the problem, which led to sewage floating in the floods which covered the pavements around Myers bakery and the nearby Heather’s fruit and vegetable store.

Robert Myers of Myers Bakery said the nearby drains started ‘bubbling’ around 1.30am, with the floods peaking around 6am.

“You could visibly see raw sewage floating from our deli to the traffic lights,” he said.

“This is getting regular now. If we get a big downpour this area gets standing water and it covers the pavements,” he said.

Robert says Anglian Water was told at 7am, with their crew turning up at 10.15am, by which time he and other family business members were hosing the streets and bleaching them with Domestos.

“It was a health hazard to the public. We couldn’t possibly open. We decided to clean it up ourselves. We couldn’t have bacteria on people’s shoes going into other businesses,” he said.

Robert says it is a concern it takes Anglian Water three hours to turn up for what is a public hazard in the town centre.

“The main concern is the town has spent money on drainage, had work done, but it happens again. It needs a serious look at,” he said.

Heather Tate says she is seeking compensation as the flooding stopped her frontage displays, which she says draws in customers for impulse buys.

Fortunately, as next door, no sewage went inside but smelly streets outside meant trade was more than halved on the previous Saturday, she said.