Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I just missed the canal cresting onto the street. But here it is still quite high and moving quickly.
If you are caught in the stormwater around the sewage canal make sure you wash up.
According to the UK Heath+ Safety Executive:
Exposure to sewage or its products may result in a number of illnesses. These include:
■ gastroenteritis, characterised by cramping stomach pains, diarrhoea and vomiting;
■ Weil’s disease, a flu-like illness with persistent and severe headache, transmitted by rat urine. Damage to liver, kidneys and blood may occur and the condition can be fatal;
■ hepatitis, characterised by inflammation of the liver, and jaundice;
■ occupational asthma, resulting in attacks of breathlessness, chest tightness and wheezing, and produced by the inhalation of living or dead organisms;
■ infection of skin or eyes; and/or
■ rarely, allergic alveolitis (inflammation of the lung) with fever, breathlessness, dry cough, and aching muscles and joints.