All fam­ily want for Christ­mas is mys­tery hole in floor to be gone

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A FAM­ILY left with a mas­sive hole in their liv­ing room floor for al­most a year have had to put their Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions on hold – af­ter re­veal­ing they are no nearer to solv­ing the prob­lem.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Leader, the hole – which Al­i­son Evans and her fam­ily have been liv­ing with since Jan­uary – fills with murky wa­ter on a daily ba­sis and needs to be pumped reg­u­larly to stop the whole house from flood­ing.

De­spite a num­ber of ex­perts tak­ing a look at the prob­lem, they have all drawn a blank at what the source could be.

They even have a petrolpow­ered pump on standby at all times, which is switched on when wa­ter lev­els in the hole get too high.

The or­deal ini­tially be­gan in Jan­uary, when they no­ticed wa­ter com­ing up through the floor in the liv­ing room and go­ing into the pas­sage and din­ing room.

Al­i­son ex­plained the hole had to be dug so they could try to es­tab­lish where the leak was com­ing from.

Since then, Welsh Wa­ter has con­firmed the source of the leak is not linked to its sys­tem. Of­fi­cers from Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil have also tried to lo­cate the source of the leak by us­ing dye in the wa­ter, but were un­able to find any­thing.

A char­tered sur­veyor has also vis­ited, Al­i­son said, but she is still wait­ing for ex­perts to get back to her. It all means fac­tory worker Al­i­son, 51, and her fam­ily will have to squeeze into just one room this Christ­mas.

The usual fes­tive prepa­ra­tions have gone on hold this year.

While the fam­ily of four usu­ally start putting their dec­o­ra­tions up on De­cem­ber 1, com­plete with two Christ­mas trees – one in their din­ing room and one in the liv­ing room – all they’ve man­aged this year is to string some lights up out­side their home in Tre­banog, Porth.

“We seem to get more wa­ter af­ter pe­ri­ods of heavy rain, and es­pe­cially when the wind is blow­ing in a cer­tain di­rec­tion,” she said.

“It’s just hor­ren­dous, we had to open all of our win­dows and doors to get rid of the petrol fumes.”

It is mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for her to em­brace the fes­tive sea­son.

“We are plan­ning on putting the tree up mid­week,” said Mrs Evans.

“But it will only be one tree this year. Usu­ally we have a tree in the liv­ing room, with all the presents, and an­other tree in the din­ing room, and lights ev­ery­where.”

They won’t even be able to set­tle down on their sofa af­ter Christ­mas lunch to watch TV, as the set­tee will have to be stowed in the liv­ing room to make space for them to get round the kitchen ta­ble.

“We have moved ev­ery­thing out of the liv­ing room, be­cause of the hole, but we will wrap the set­tee up and put it back there out of the way just for Christ­mas.”

It is just the four of them for Christ­mas lunch this year, which they will eat in the com­bined din­ing room and kitchen.

But it’s not only the Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties that will be con­strained by the flooded hole: Al­i­son’s daugh­ter will cel­e­brate her 18th birth­day on Christ­mas Day too.

“Usu­ally all our neigh­bours and friends pop round af­ter lunch at teatime to wish her happy birth­day and bring presents, but I don’t know where they will all go this year,” said Mrs Evans.

In the mean­time, the fam­ily have mounted their TV onto the wall in the din­ing room so they can at least watch some Christ­mas TV to­gether.

“We’ll still be able to watch the Queen’s speech,” she added.

This is how Al­i­son’s liv­ing room looked when it flooded

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