Flooding hell for Forest homes
ALMOST a dozen houses in the Forest of Dean have been decimated by flooding.
Blocked drains caused raw sewage to erupt from drains in Steam Mills during Monday's deluge, spewing into homes.
After a night of driving rain on Sunday, residents in the village awoke on Monday to ankle-deep water.
Carol Marsh, who lives in Steam Mills with her husband Clinton, sons Callum and Adam and daughter Aisia, said: "It was horrendous.
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"My son Callum woke up and found we had loads of sewage in our living room and porch at around 5.30am.
"It has destroyed our carpets and our flooring. We had to put our sofa up on bricks too.
"My five-year-old daughter's toys have been ruined too, including one of her favourite Disney toys."
It is believed a blocked drain on the main road adjacent to the homes was the cause of the devastation, which prompted Highways to deliver sandbags in an effort to stop the flow of effluence into homes.
The fire service was also on the scene to pump the water from the houses.
Francis and George Manns have been living in 33 Steam Mills for over 40 years and this is the first time they have experienced any kind of flooding.
Mrs Manns said: "It came in and we had to shift a lot of things. It ruined our carpet which is only a year or two old.
"The water was about a foot high."
Despite being contacted, Severn Trent did not supply a comment before going to press.