A 20-year-old single mother of two has been forced to clean up sewage waste from her bathroom floor after calls to two councils failed to result in the unblocking of a communal waste water pipe.

Lauren Roberts who resides in Eastham Estate, Brentwood, spoke to an emergency plumber when filthy water started flooding her bathroom floor on Sunday. The plumber informed Miss Roberts that a specialist drain engineer was needed as there was a major blockage in the main soil pipe which was preventing sewage water flushing through to the main sewer drain.

Lauren rents her flat from Brentwood Borough Council although numerous requests for assistance have not been responded to as the building (and the sewage pipe) is owned by Newham Council.

After only six weeks in her flat in Boleyn Gardens, Lauren says: “The smell has been awful. I’ve had to keep the bathroom door shut and keep towels in front of the door to block the smell coming out… I don’t want to imagine what’s on the floor. It has been disgusting.”

Her main priority is the health and welfare of six-week-old Lilly-Mae and Grace who is 17 months old and are obviously unaware of the risks that dirty water pose.

A spokesperson for Newham council has said: “An investigation is being carried out into the cause of the blockage and once this has been determined, we will look at what action to take to stop this from happening again.”

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For the full Brentwood Gazette article by Piers Meyler visit: http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/Single-mum-hits-sewage-water-floods-bathroom/story-22715361-detail/story.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed