WELSH Water is to spend millions on upgrading a sewerage system which has flooded seven times this year leaving residents traumatised and needing to be immunised against diseases.
During the past year, people living in Mancot Lane, Mancot, have had their lives torn apart by their homes being engulfed with torrents of sewage every time there are flash floods.
The latest occurred during last Saturday's torrential downpours, as the drains outside the homes were unable to cope with the deluge.
But the Chronicle can reveal Welsh Water is planning to invest £3m on a sewerage network in the Mancot area next year.
We contacted them to take up the fight on behalf of Mancot Lane residents, and bosses pledged work would begin on upgrading the drainage system as soon as possible even though it is likely to be next year before it gets under way.
'It is a complex problem and we are currently in discussion with the Environment Agency to decide how best to solve it,' said a spokesman.
'The major project will run from 2002-2004 and details of the modernisation have not yet been finalised and residents have not been informed.
'We want to sort this problem out as quickly as possible once and for all,' he added.
The latest nightmare for Mancot Lane resident Helen Rogers came while she was on holiday recovering from the trauma of last month's flash floods.
Her break was cut short by a call saying her home was soaked through and stinking with sewage once again.
'The house hadn't stopped smelling from last time, but now it's vile and absolutely stinks,' she said. 'It makes you feel so dirty, it really is a nightmare living here.'
Neighbours living in the row of 10 houses are concerned for the health of their children after they all contracted mystery bugs.
'I was ill myself after the last floods,' said Helen, who had to be immunised for Tetanus and Hepatitis B, along with the rest of her neighbours who fell ill following the July floods.
Helen's neighbour Liz Atkin is also at the end of her tether and is fearing for the health of her children Zoe, five, and two-year-old Kate.
Helen explained how she and other worried mums are continually fretting over what the children touch, as their toys have probably come into contact with raw sewage.
'It's just a case of binning everything they play with, it's not fair on them and I blame myself for moving here in the first place,' she said.
Helen has considered packing up and leaving but her hopes were dashed during a meeting with a valuation officer when she was told her home was 'unsellable'.
Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami has lent his sympathy to Helen and the other residents of Mancot Lane and hopes a solution is sought quickly.
'Every time they hear a crash of thunder they must go into a state of complete panic, people think of floods as just rain water, but these victims are having to endure far worse the health aspect is very worrying,' he said.