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Court threat of flood-hit woman
3:00pm Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
A WOMAN flooded out of her home by sewage water has slammed Thurrock Council and said: “I’m taking you to court.”
Julia Donohue, 23, reacted angrily to a story in the Gazette recently which told of a family from South Ockendon who were moved into an emergency home when their house flooded.
Julia, who came home from a shopping trip on January 17 to find sewage water leaking into her property, claims the council failed to act in such a way for her and her two-year-old son.
The water was coming out of her toilet after residents in George Tilbury House, in Chadwell St Mary, blocked the waste pipe by flushing away nappies.
Julia claims it took nearly 30 hours for someone to come out and stop the leak, while in the meantime water poured into her home.
She said in this time, hundreds of pounds worth of furniture was damaged. She was forced to move out and live with her mum.
She told the Gazette: “The smell was disgusting, like being in a sewer. Where it took them so long to come out, so many of my belongings got damaged.
“After they had stopped the leak, it’s in the tenancy agreement they have to make the property liveable.
“I want them to replace the things I lost, beds, carpets, furniture. They just left it there and now it’s ruined, so I can’t move back in.”
The council offered to send a cheque of £240, known as a “decoration allowance”. But to compound Julia’s misery, her name was spelt wrong on the cheque, so she couldn’t even pay it in.
A spokesman for Thurrock Council said: “Miss Donohue moved back into her property on May 18 and her rent was waived during the entire time.
“Caretakers were used to remove contaminated items.
“Miss Donohue has already received apologies from the local office that the cheques were incorrect and another will be sent to her in due course.”