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Sewer drain colllapse at a house in Newton Road Lowton.

Sewer drain colllapse at a house in Newton Road Lowton.

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EMERGENCY sewer repairs are set to start tomorrow after a couple’s home was flooded with waste water.

United Utilities engineers are set to carry out urgent repairs after a possible sewage pipe collapse caused waste water to flood the floorboards of an elderly couple’s home.

The couple’s son, who asked not to be named, told how his father, who is in his 70s, had first sniffed an unpleasant smell emanating from the floor boards of his detached house some time ago.

But the issue then came to a head three weeks ago when sewage started seeping into the floorboards and skirting boards and tankers had to be called in to pump the sewage away.

He said: “This has been going on for quite a while and we’ve had to take up some of the flooring in the hallway. Luckily, the water level didn’t come above the level of the floor, but it caused quite a mess underneath.

“This has put a lot of strain on my parents. They have had to put up with having a massive hole in their driveway too, which has just been covered up with a temporary board.

“But United Utilities have been doing quite a decent job of cleaning the mess up and my mum and dad aren’t the sort of people to chase after compensation - they just want it all to work properly.”

United Utilities engineers are set to start work at the site - along Newton Road in Lowton - tomorrow morning. Temporary traffic signals will be in use near the junctions with Kenyon Lane and Church Lane.

A spokeswoman for United Utilities said: “The sewer has either become blocked or may have collapsed so we’ve obtained permission from Wigan Council to work in the roadway. We’d like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Similar work is also set to start along Orrell Road, with a signed diversion set for Moor Road, Church Street, Winstanley Road, Pemberton Road, Billinge Road, Enfield Street and Ormskirk Road.