Cancer sufferer claims human poo and wee has gushed through her Kilburn home during 12 floods this year
PUBLISHED: 14:55 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:19 16 June 2015
A cancer sufferer in Kilburn says she has had to ‘run for her life’ 12 times this year after a drainage problem saw poo and urine gush into her home.
Maura Moloney, 72, claims her landlords Genesis Housing Association are failing to tackle the problem affecting her basement flat in Brondesbury Villas.
The latest incident happened today leaving Mrs Moloney, who is in remission from bowel cancer and her husband Noel Boyle who uses a colostomy bag, unable to use the property’s disabled toilet.
She said: “The seal is broken and they said a plumber will come on this Friday but I threatened to call 999 and so he will come within 24 hours.
“My friends will come and we’ll go to the pub at the end of the road to use the toilet. I laugh and I cry all the time but what can I do?”
Recalling a similar incident in January during her birthday party she said: “It was meant to be a lovely day but wee and poo were coming out the door and people were running for their lives.”
Mrs Moloney claims the floods have ruined the carpets in her home and her landlords have refused to replace them with more resilient wooden floor.
“Genesis came to cut away the carpet but now have left me high and dry, “she said.
Adding that she has suffered a catalogue of plumping nightmares since moving into her home in 1979, she said: “The repeated flooding back then was caused from an old cistern and we waited seven years for a wet room which was installed several months ago.
“We thought that was the end of our problems and were so happy.
“We were wrong.”
A Genesis spokeswoman said: “Genesis is working closely with Brent Council, who installed the wet room, to agree a way forward for ensuring there are no further drainage problems at this property. Further work was carried out at the end of May to fix the toilet, and a plumber attended on Monday to check whether any follow-on works were required.
“Staff carry out regular visits to this resident and have apologised for the inconvenience caused. We will keep her closely informed of our progress with resolving these issues.”