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Leyton 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Leyton]

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I cannot too greatly impress upon the Council the advisability of
continuing to erect these shafts on every available opportunity.
In consequence of the abnormal rainfall during the summer of
1903, considerable flooding of dwelling-houses occurred in different
parts of the District, owing to the overcharged condition of the sewers.
The lower portion of Sidmouth Road, also some basement houses
in Wallwood Road were especially affected, being flooded on several
separate occasions.
In each case steps were at once taken to counteract the evils
which might otherwise have arisen from the deposits of filth left on
subsidence of the water.
Notices were served on the respective owners of the property to
remove the saturated earth and filih from beneath the flooring, and to
concrete the site.
This work was carried out, and it is highly satisfactory to report
that no illness, infectious or otherwise, has since broken out, which
could be attributed to the flooding.
The sewers of these districts have since been enlarged, and it is
hoped that this will prevent similar trouble arising in future from this
The number of cowsheds is 11. During the year two cowsheds
were found to be overcrowded. There were 45 applications for
registration by milk dealers, and as is usual in cases where infectious
diseases have occurred during the year in the homes of persons
engaged in the milk trade, the keepers and dairymen were communicated
with and the men compelled to relinquish work until all danger
of infecting others was over.
Periodical and systematic visits have been paid to these, and only
7 nuisances found to exist, while 19 slaughter-houses exist in the
District. Three licenses have been transferred during the year.
Eleven licenses have been renewed, 3 new ones sanctioned; and 1