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Farmer from Dalton on Tees, near Croft, criticises Northumbrian Water over flooding caused by blocked sewers
A FARM owner has criticised a utility company over persistent flooding problems that have left her hundreds of pounds out of pocket.
Jane Parlour, from Dalton-on-Tees, near Croft, near Darlington, says fields at her farm have flooded four times in the past two years.
She has called water company Northumbrian Water in an attempt to see if she is due compensation after having to move her livestock.
But Mrs Parlour, who is also a member of Richmondshire District Council, says she was told the water company has legislation on its side that means it is not liable to pay compensation in such cases.
The water company said all claims for compensation need to be made in writing, with proof of losses incurred.
Blocked sewers backing up and causing flooding have spelt trouble for a number of properties in the village in recent years.
Mrs Parlour said: “I just think it’d incredible that a utility company that’s making millions in profits can be in a situation where homeowners are out of pocket.
“This was about the fourth time our fields have flooded in the past two years.
“I spoke to Northumbrian Water about this and I am accruing losses because I am having to move animals out of fields and there is no compensation to people affected in this way and they quote case law to back that up.
“Apparently, the way legislation is worded means they do not have to pay compensation to anyone whose land or garden is flooded.
“Each time it happens, we will probably have losses into the hundreds, because we cannot have animals on contaminated land.
“This [flooding] has happened four times that I know of in the past two years.
“We have had crews out to try and unblock the main sewer, so it is a problem Northumbrian Water know they have.”
A Northumbrian Water spokeswoman said: “We cleared a blockage in the sewer on Mrs Parlour’s land and are now going to carry out some further investigation work.
“In relation to claiming compensation, the customer needs to write to us with proof of losses incurred.”