A collapsed sewer caused a stink in Frampton when sewage water seeped into gardens – and some residents had to go to toilet in a bucket.
The trouble began in Middlegate Road last week when foul-smelling sewage water started spraying out of a manhole cover.
For the households affected, the upheaval of repairs could now continue into the New Year.
“I’ve not been able to flush the toilet, use the washing machine or sink,” said 80-year-old resident Barbara Fossitt, talking to the Standard on Friday.
“I’ve been doing my washing up in a bowl and then throwing the water in my garden.
“It’s like living in the 19th century and it smells bad. Not everybody in the road is affected, but the majority are.”
Cynthia and Jim Fuller said sewage spilled into their frog pond, stagnating the water.
Mrs Fuller said: “It smells horrible.”
Resident Graham Woodward, 66, said: “The water has been pouring out the drain covers and running down the road. Not being able to use the toilets has been very difficult – but worse for the ladies.”
Anglian Water workmen were at the scene on Thursday until the early hours of the morning, attempting to fix the problem – initially believed to be a blockage. Water was pumped out to enable residents to temporarily flush their loos. Over the weekend an automatic pump was put in place, restoring their drainage systems.
The road remains closed while urgent repairs are carried out to the sewer – believed to have been fitted in 1958.
Mr Woodward added: “We are upset that it has happened, but we realise things take time and Anglian Water seems to be coping with it.”
Anglian Water spokesman Antony Innes said: “We’d like to apologise to residents in Middlegate Road, Frampton, who are being affected by problems with our sewer network.
“We appreciate that this work may cause some disruption, however, engineers will be doing all they can to finish work before Christmas.”
He added: “Unfortunately with the damaged sewer some three metres beneath the road, it is possible that repair work could continue into the new year.”