RESIDENTS in a Blackwood street are kicking up a stink about litres of raw sewage flowing past their homes.

People living in Edward Street are furious that effluent is being forced out of storm drains on a daily basis and running along the length of their street.

They say waste including faeces, toilet paper, used condoms and sanitary towels is being washed up just yards from their front doors, causing a terrible stench and stopping children playing in the street.

Retired electrician Keith Edwards, 71 said: "We have had a sewage problem in the street over a number of years but in the last few months it's been horrendous.

"Raw sewage is coming up through the storm drains and flowing along the gutter between the kerb and the road.

"It's happening every day and costing us a fortune in disinfectant - we have used bottles and bottles to try to get rid of the smell.

"Cars are driving through it and spreading it across the street, and people and animals are walking in it and bringing it into the homes.

"It's really sickening, we shouldn't have to live like this."

Neighbour Lorraine George, 50, added: "The smell is unbearable.

"On Friday I went to my car and I was heaving. It's disgusting."

Caerphilly council environmental health officers have been monitoring the situation and keeping in touch with Welsh Water.

Welsh Water said a CCTV survey identified broken drains that needed repair work.

The work was set to begin tomorrow, requiring part of the street being cleared of vehicles.

A Welsh Water spokesman apologised to residents for the situation.