A MUM-OF-FIVE is worried for her young family’s safety after a burst grid left her Winsford garden flooded with sewage.

A grid at the back of Vicky Milligan’s home, in Queensway began overflowing following the storm on Saturday night.

Winsford Guardian:

The grid has overflown three times

Weaver Vale Housing Trust sent a contractor out on Tuesday after it was first reported on Monday evening, but the drain has continued to overflow after the heavy rain that followed later this week, leaving faeces and even used tampons on Vicky’s lawn.

Vicky told the Guardian: “Three times it has overflowed now and it is disgusting. There are used tampons coming out of the grid and well as human faeces.

“I have been following all the lockdown advice not to take the kids out playing. The only safe place they had was the back garden.

Winsford Guardian:

Vicky said the issue is a safety problem

“My children’s toys are ruined, my next-door neighbour was heaving yesterday at the smell and I have just been fobbed off.”

Vicky insists it is an ‘urgent health and safety issue’ that poses a threat to her five children – Ellie, 10, Paige, nine, Thomas, six, Neveah, five, and Ava, who turns two next week.

Winsford Guardian:

Vicky and her children

The 32-year-old contacted United Utilities, which is responsible for the shared drain, about the issue and was told that no one could deal with it until Sunday at the earliest.

She says she also tried to contact WVHT after the second time it had overflowed, although the trust says it has no record of her later calls.

After being contacted by the Guardian today, June 18, Weaver Vale Housing Trust called Vicky and arranged a clean-up at her garden.

Winsford Guardian:

The sewage in Vicky's back garden

United Utilities has also promised to send a team out to look into the issue.

A spokesman for United Utilities added: “We are aware of the issue at Ms Milligan’s property and will be sending out a team of engineers to investigate as a matter of priority.”