A pregnant Kilburn mum is ‘petrified’ of more flooding after three feet of sewage forced her from home.
The area of North West London was hit hard by floods on July 12, which saw toilets explode and drains overflow.
Aimee Bryant, 37, found her ground floor flat in Kilburn Park Road swamped by three feet of sewage and is scared the same thing could happen again as heavy rainfall is forecast for this weekend.
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“We’ve lost absolutely everything. It terrifies me to think that it might happen again,” she told My London.
Aimee is currently living with four-year-old daughter Alana Penkert in her mum’s flat directly above her own.
Aimee’s fears intensified after two encounters with engineers sent to address the issues which led the area to be flooded.
Speaking to the subcontractors working for Thames Water attempting to lower water levels in the drains next to her property, she asked about the chances of it happening again, to which one engineer reportedly told her: “The whole system has been compromised. Of course it will happen again.”
Aimee, who is eight months pregnant, claims an engineer employed directly by Thames Water then took the subcontractors to one side in order to speak with them alone.
The following day, she says she was visited by a Thames Water employee who ‘looked more senior’ and told her the subcontractors ‘should not have said that’.
But, when pushed, Aimee claims the engineer couldn’t say the flooding would not happen again.
Aimee says the thought of more flooding is ‘petrifying’.
Though she does not wish any more harm on her neighbours, Aimee feels if floods were to occur it would be better they happened this weekend in order to make Thames Water take notice.
She said: “As bad as it sounds, I kind of feel like if it’s going to happen, then please just let it happen this weekend, while we’re not there, to show them that this is going to keep happening and force them to take more action.”
A Thames Water spokesperson said what happens this weekend will depend on how much rain falls, that July 12 was ‘extreme’ and it was ‘impossible’ to guarantee there would be no flooding.
They added: “We have extra teams on standby and have postponed all planned work so we have additional resources available if the rain does come.”
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