The family of a March pensioner are calling for action after flash flooding left her with diesel coming up into her garden.
The fuel has been leaking from what is believed to be an underground diesel tank into the front garden of Phyllis Lambert ever since torrential rain caused flooding across the town last month.
The 82-year-old lives in warden-controlled accommodation in Gimbert Square, off Morton Avenue – which was one of March’s worst hit areas.
Mrs Lambert’s daughter Carol said the diesel was visible in the soil and the smell was “terrible”.
“When you dig up the soil you can see the fuel sitting on top of the water,” she explained.
“We planted some plants in mum’s front garden to cheer her up as she is facing open heart surgery soon, but the diesel has killed them all. I’m also concerned about mum’s health, it can’t be very good breathing in fumes every day.”
Carol said she complained to housing association, Circle Housing Roddons, which manages the accommodation, and an engineer came out two days after the flooding to inspect the problem.
She said: “I was told someone would get back to me, but I’ve heard nothing since. The flooding was more than a month ago now and this has dragged on for long enough.”
Anne Brighton, managing director at Circle Housing Roddons, said a surveyor visited the home yesterday to find out what is causing the issue.
“We are working as quickly as possible to get this problem fixed,” she said.