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Flood victims in new water leak fears.

Byline: By Gareth Rogers South Wales Echo

Shocked flood victims looked on in horror as they saw gallons of water gush down their street again. But the problem was not caused by heavy rain this time, but by Welsh Water as they fought to repair a leak that residents claim contributed to the July disaster which left some of them homeless. Welsh Water workers began repairs in Redberth Close, Barry, after dark on Friday, exposing broken pipes and sending water and sewage gushing along the road, according to residents, who are now demanding answers.

Marilyn Brown, who has been staying in Taffs Well, near Cardiff, since she was forced out of her flood-ravaged bungalow in July, said: "I can't believe it.

"We had a call from one of our neighbours at about 8.30pm saying workmen had arrived after dark.

"When we turned up we could see that they were trying to fix something, even though Welsh Water had told us all along that there was no leak there.

"I could see water gushing all the way down the street which looked and smelled like sewage. It was disgusting.

"Once I got my camera out, the men scarpered, leaving electric cables in a junction box above the road surface exposed."

Police were called to the scene by the chairman of the Barry residents' flooding action committee Steve Blakeman, who was concerned the running water may interfere with the electricity supply.

Mr Blakeman is now calling for an inquiry into the drainage systems and blocked culverts around the flood ravaged area of Lundy Park and why planning permission was granted for new houses in an area that appeared prone to flooding.

He said: "For me, the worst part is that these men scarpered and left the electricity cables exposed in a junction box while water was running down the street.

"Also Welsh Water have told us there was no leak in Lundy Park, so I want to know why the men were trying to repair pipes when it was dark?"

Many residents have written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown asking him to come see the devastation that has been caused in their area of Barry.

A police spokesman confirmed they were called to Lundy Park after a power supply box was left exposed following work from Welsh Water employees. A Welsh Water spokeswoman confirmed they were called to deal with a leak near to electricity cables. She said they do not know what caused the leak and does not know if it is linked in any way to the recent flooding.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 3, 2007
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