Work has begun on a £2m project to solve the problems of 20 homes suffering from sewer flooding in Preston.
United Utilities (UU) said the seven-month scheme started in the Tulketh Road area of the city this month.
Douglas Street has been closed to through traffic and engineers have also began digging up Victoria Parade, which has been reduced to one lane.
Teams are set to move onto Newton Road in December and Powis Road in January.
It comes as the water firm said it was nearing the end of its £160m project to enhance Preston’s sewer system - to the relief of businesses at the Watery Lane and Strand Road junction, which has been undergoing work since 2009.
Janet Clarke, United Utilities project coordinator, said: “While this work is completely separate to what’s happening at Watery Lane, we felt it only fair to the community who have been so patient over the past few years, that we brought this forward to minimise further long term disruption.”
The company said it was unable to confirm the locations of the 20 homes which are affected by flooding in the Tulketh wastewater catchment area.
Barbara Callaghan, the owner of Ashton Lodge Guest House in Victoria Parade, said she was considering asking for compensation.
She said: “It’s a pain for a guest house because people can’t get up and down here very easily. We want it to be over as soon as possible.”
A UU spokesman said: “Before work started we spoke to all businesses who have premises close to our working areas to make sure they understand what we will be doing and why it’s necessary. We will continue to work closely with them throughout the project to make sure we keep disruption to an absolute minimum.”
Has your home in this area been affected by sewer flooding? Contact reporter Neil Docking on 01772 839028 or email email@example.com.