Sewage that just pours into the village stream
Flooding drains cause misery
Sewage pipes at Dam Hill in the village failed to cope with heavy rain on Thursday and waste water surged back out of drain covers on to the road.
Residents witnessed a fountain of waste pouring from the drain with enough force to lift the cover.
The water then pooled in the road and ran off into a freshwater stream that runs alongside Dam Hill.
Residents say the problem occurs every time there is heavy rain - and they want Yorkshire Water to take action to fix it.
Steve Stocks and his wife Diane live at Birks Lane, near to Dam Hill.
Mr Stocks took these photographs of the sewage problem.
He said: "We have neighbours closer to the problem who have difficulties getting out of their drives as a result of this pool of sewage.
"There are also hundreds of condoms and other things floating down the road.
"One of our neighbours cannot flush the toilet at certain times because of the pressure being affected."
Mr Stocks said residents are worried about the effect the sewage running into the stream will have on wildlife.
He added: "The stream normally contains trout, so it's not going to be good for them or other wildlife."
Mr Stocks believes the pipe overflows because it does not have the capacity to cope with excess rainwater as well as sewage from Dam Hill houses and the new nearby Shelley Park housing estate.
He said he was also recently told by a water engineer that a stream of clean water was occupying 30 to 40% of the sewage pipe, but the source was not known.
Yorkshire Water have told Mr Stocks that the problem will not be dealt with until 2009.
He said: "They don't see it as a priority. It's a very unsatisfactory situation."
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: "The torrential rain over the past few weeks has meant that the sewers in the Thunderbridge area have, on occasions, been overloaded.
"Yorkshire Water would like to apologise to our customers for this as we appreciate that sewer flooding is an unpleasant issue.
"When sewer flooding does occur, we always send a clean up team as soon as possible.
"In this instance, more heavy rain was forecast, so our contractors Drains Aid attended at the weekend to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area.
"Yorkshire Water is considering a capital project which may reduce the chances of this flooding from reoccurring. However, as we have to prioritise our work, and the fact that internal flooding must be given priority over external flooding, it is unlikely that this will be carried out in the short term."