A MUM has appealed for action from housing bosses after her toddler almost drowned in her flooded garden.
Michelle Oates, 20, moved into Within Grove, Huncoat, last week with her children Molly, three, and Bethany, two.
But within days, she says, Bethany almost drowned after falling over in the flooded garden of their new house, which is owned by Hyndburn Homes.
Michelle said: "I thought the garden was going to be done before I moved in but it wasn't. It's just like a great puddle that goes right over the path.
"A few days ago it was raining and Bethany was walking down the path and she fell over head first and landed face down in the puddle. Luckily I saw her and was there to get her up. I was really scared because she could so easily have drowned.
"I can't let my own children play outside and I'm always watching out in case any other children come in because children are always falling over and they could be killed.
"I really need something to be done here before a child dies. The garden has been like this for ages and I can't believe nothing was done before we moved in."
Hyndburn Homes managing director Ken Bury said: "This has been reported and we are investigating it. It's not straightforward because we are not sure where the water is coming from. First of all we need to sort out what the problem is but we will be getting to the bottom of it and we will put it right as soon as possible.
"Whatever needs to be done we will do and we are sorry about the inconvenience."