A Dundee pensioner says she feels trapped in her home because of human waste which has flooded her garden.
Doris Murdoch, 72, described the disgusting mess which had overflowed on to her steps and into her garden and said she was “scared” to leave her house because of the problem.
Mrs Murdoch, who lives in Thornbank Terrace, just off Broughty Ferry Road, said that a pipe burst in her neighbour’s garden more than four weeks ago and the waste has continued to flood out of the pipe toward her house, up her outside steps and down on to the pavement ever since.
She said: “It’s everywhere. It’s like a river running down my garden path on to the pavement and on the steps leading up to my house making it impossible for me to get out of the house.
“I’m scared to walk on the steps in case I slip but also because it is so disgusting. Nobody wants to have to go near the steps or path.
“I’m at the end of my tether and desperate to get something done.
“Not only is this horrible to look at but it also presents a major health hazard.”
Doris said she had been in contact with Scottish Water on several occasions but she was still waiting for something to be done to fix the broken pipe.
She added: “In the meantime the problem just gets worse and worse. It’s like something out of the 17th Century. Nobody should have to live like this.”
A spokeswoman for Scottish Water said: “Raw sewage affecting Thornbank Terrace in Dundee was reported to Scottish Water on December 15.
“After on-site investigation by a sewer response team the source of the issue was identified.
“The initial investigation was not able to establish if the issue was a public or private matter. Investigations by the Scottish Water legal team have concluded this is a private matter.
“After the initial site investigation in December the team carried out a full clean-up of the affected area.”
She added: “While investigations have been ongoing Scottish Water teams have been back to the site on multiple occasions to help further clean the affected area.
“We’d like to apologise to customers and residents who may have experienced disruption and thank them for their patience while we work to fully understand the issue.”