Family stuck in home where raw sewage has flooded from bath for a year

An elderly mum has been forced to sleep in her living room after raw sewage flooded her family home.

Tola Anozie and his 65-year-old mother claim they’ve had sewage bursting through the drains in their bathroom for more than a year.

The pair, who live on Central Hill Estate in Crystal Palace, South London, have endured watching horrible brown liquid spewing out of the toilet and bath for hours on end.

As well as having their carpets ruined, they have had to throw clothes away and leave their windows constantly open due to the awful smells, MyLondon reports.

It reportedly took Lambeth Council three days to come out and inspect the situation.

Tola said: “The sewage has gone through to my mum’s room. My mum is having to sleep in the living room.

“Her whole bedroom is full of it. We have had to lift all her belongings up.”

“I have literally got every window open in my house. It just smells of sewage, and it will flow again and again.

Tola added: “It ruins the carpets. We’ve had to get everything cleaned and throw clothes away.”

Video footage from a recent leak in their home shows Tola’s mother’s room coated in brown sludge while water can be heard flowing quickly in the nearby bathroom.

And pictures show a bath full of sewage water that has come up through the plug hole, while Tola has put blankets down in a bid to stop the water from flowing into more areas of the property.

The first incident occurred a year ago and, according to Tola, every time a neighbour takes a bath or shower there is a risk of sewage water spilling into his home.

Each time the dirty water spills out Tola has to rush over with old rags to try and stop it from spreading.

He added: “It flows through the day on and off. The carpet is full of sewage. I’m working from home and the whole time I can smell it. I have to keep trying to stop it as much as I can.”

A Lambeth Council spokesperson said: “We have been working to repair this issue for some time, but it is a complex problem in an area of the estate that has experienced a number of blockages in recent months.

“The work has unfortunately taken more time than we had hoped. We apologise for this problem and the distress it has caused to this family in the meantime.

“Contractors have visited the site a number of times this week to clear drains, including a blocked drain at the side of the property.

“They are today unblocking the drain and restoring the full flow to this property, using High Pressure Water Jetting.”