Nelson homes flooding misery

Flooded cellar at 11 Albert Street in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons
Flooded cellar at 11 Albert Street in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons

RESIDENTS living in a Nelson street say their lives are being made a misery by constant flooding.

Some homeowners in Albert Street, close to the town centre, have been unable to use their cellars since March after water started pouring into their houses.

Flooded cellar at 13 Albert Street in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons

Flooded cellar at 13 Albert Street in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons

They have reported the flooding to Pendle Council’s environmental health officers who carried out tests using dye to try to establish the source of the flooding but the council said it is due to ground water and is unable to help further.

Grandfather Mr Mohammed Afzal (76) has lived at his home in Albert Street for 40 years and said he had never experienced any problems with flooding until April this year.

The first time he spotted the flooding in his cellar, which he mainly uses for storage, he called firefighters who pumped the water out.

But, after the room kept flooding, he was forced to buy his own pump and several buckets to get rid of the water on a daily basis.

At its worst the water is 18in. high and Mr Afzal has had to put a freezer he keeps down there on bricks to prevent it from being ruined.

Mr Afzal, who suffers from ill health, said the flooding is making his condition worse and is causing the whole house to become damp.

“I am really fed up with this. Every day it takes hours to get rid of the water and we have to keep sending the children down with buckets. I don’t know where it’s all coming from. Me and my wife are both sick and this is making everything worse.”

Water started pouring into the home of his neighbour Mr Mohammed Madjid in March.

“This is having a big effect on our lives and causing us a lot of stress and worry,” he said.

“It’s terrible, it’s making everything damp.”

Mr Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council’s director of services, said: “We’ve had several meetings with the residents in Albert Street and have great sympathy with their problem.

“We’ve worked with a number of different agencies, including United Utilities, to carry out extensive investigations on the properties affected.

“All investigations point to the flooding being caused by ground water, which is not something the council can take action on, as it would be a private legal matter.

“I’m satisfied that the flooding has been properly looked into by our staff and we are cooperating with the local government ombudsman in her investigation.”