A STREAM of waste flowed down a village road after a blocked sewer overflowed following heavy rainfall.
Passing vehicles splashed raw sewage on to pavements, grass verges and people’s cars in Park Lane, Harefield.
The smelly mess poured out of the drain on Saturday, June 15, and neighbours say it is not the first time they have suffered such a deluge.
Ray Hallet, who lives in the road, said he was not able to use his car after it got covered in sewage.
“Waste was sprayed all over the place,” he said on Wednesday last week. “I can’t go near my car at the moment, as it’s extremely unhygienic.
“I asked one of the workers who came to fix the sewer if it was just mud and he said ‘no, it’s human excrement’.”
When the Gazette visited on Wednesday, a horrible smell still lingered in the air. The road was cleaned by Hillingdon Council the same day.
Caroline Watling said: “I have lived here since 1997 and it happens all the time.
“The men who came to clear the drain said they have lost count of the amount of times they have been out to deal with it.
“There were sanitary products and toilet paper in the road, so there was absolutely no doubt where the water had come from.”
Thames Water, which is responsible for the drainage system, sent subcontractors to unblock the drain.
A company spokesman said: “Engineers carried out a CCTV survey and found the pipe had become blocked with building rubble.
“The blockage was removed on Monday and we returned on Tuesday to clear up the mess.
“We will be carrying out further CCTV investigations on the sewer to make sure it is running freely.”
Meanwhile, Mr Hallet is waiting for Thames Water to agree to pay for a thorough valeting for his car.
“I’ve spent hours on the phone to them and they just say they’ll get back to me in 10 days,” he said.
“I’m not forking out for a deep clean until they reassure me they will pay me back.”
Mr Hallet has been using public transport to travel to work in London.