Anger as homes hit by water leaks

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It’s a damp Christmas for families in a Doncaster village who have been mopping up flood damage.

One man suffered £18,000 of damage when water from the loft began pouring onto him, and two other houses in Graftdyke Close, Old Rossington, have been flooded.

Yesterday Yorkshire Water sent out a loss adjuster to investigate after work was carried out by their contractors, Morrisons Utilities.

It is believed sand and grit got into the mains supply and clogged up the header tanks of the properties, causing them to overflow.

One resident was so angry at the lack of response from Yorkshire Water that he threatened to take a truck to their HQ and drive it at the entrance lobby, but was warned not to by police.

The problems began about a fortnight ago when Morrisons workmen dug a large hole outside one of the properties in Graftdyke Close to get to the mains pipe.

The angry resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The first thing I noticed was some sandy water coming out of the kitchen tap so I drained it off.

“The next night I could hear this drip, drip but couldn’t find out where it was coming from.

“Then the following evening water started pouring all over me through the ceiling from the loft!

“I don’t want to leave my home empty over Christmas so I am sleeping on the sofa with the fire on.

“I’ve made loads of calls to Yorkshire Water and they first told me to claim off my household insurance, but I don’t see why I should.

“They’ve made me really angry.”

Yorkshire Water said: “We have every empathy with this gentleman and his awful situation and we’re currently helping to look into the cause of his problem.

“At this stage, it is not clear if the pipe repair we carried out in the area recently is in any way behind the problem and we’re currently investigating this.”