Here are some photos by Heather Freyja Rose Lofthouse of the raw sewage waterfall created by an outflow at Hazel Grove Beck, Saltburn today.
The water company responsible is Northumbrian Water.
The FT reports that for the year ending 31 March 2022, the Northumbrian Water Ltd board approved the payment of an interim dividend of £55mn and a final dividend of £52.5mn.
We reached out to Northumbrian Water for a response. A spokesperson said:
“We have had a particularly intense and prolonged period of rainfall in the region resulting in a lot of pressure on our networks. This has caused some manhole covers in the Saltburn area to lift and flood, and some parts of the network to overspill.
“This is what has happened at Hazel Grove Beck. The water that is spilling from the hillside is a mix of the flood water from the streets and our sewer networks above, mixed with eroded soil and mud from the bank and fields.
“Our teams have been working throughout the day to help prevent any flooding to people’s properties during this intense weather.”‘
A continued problem
Among the many angry comments by residents on social media was this Facebook post:
“Wants a sign near that stream, it honks of sewage on a good day, and a few years ago two of my work colleagues were bad for days after clearing logs away from the top grate.”
And this one:
“Why doesn’t the government make them [the water companies] fulfil their contracts by spending profits on repairs, upgrades, and maintenance of the systems rather than dividends for shareholders and huge bonuses for directors? Robin Hood’s Bay today was flooded simply because the drains were blocked and not adequate to take the water away, leading to several homes flooding.”
Says Sally Bunce who lives at Easington village near Staithes:
“Poo was flowing down our street, the road was full of sanitary wear”.
The video below by Steve Thomas shows raw sewage discharge into Cat Nab car park, Saltburn on Thursday 3 August.