Messrs. Oehme, Summerhays & Co., solicitors, wrote stating that Mr. Peter Dale, of the Fountain, Mitcham, had consulted them with reference to the over flowing of the Board’s sewer into their client’s cellars. They understood that the flooding had occurred several occasions and that the attention the Authority’s surveyor had been drawn the fact on more than one occasion, but steps had been taken until October last prevent a recurrence. Mr. Dale estimated that had sustained damage amounting for loss of beer and cost cleansing, in addition to which and his family had suffered severely from inconvenience. It was hoped that the Authority would make some adequate compensation.
The Surveyor said the flooding took place over six months ago.
The Chairman — Then they are debarred from making a claim upon us.
Mr. Philpott said in addition that the flooding was due the excessive rainfall, over which the Authority had control.
The Surveyor said that was not all. The drain was constructed without the consent of the Authority, and stated the time that it would be liable to overflow. He had had an interview with Messrs. Crowley, the brewers, about the matter some time ago, he had no difficulty in convincing them that the tenant was in the wrong.
It was decided to reply that the Authority could not recognise any claim.
Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 16 March 1889 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)