"Giant amount of grease" clogging city pipes
PORT ALLEN - Next week, the city will spend money to rent equipment to clear clogged sewage lines.
"There is a giant amount of grease on 8th Street all the way down to Maryland Street," Port Allen Mayor Lynn Robertson said.
Businesses not cleaning their grease traps are to blame for the issue. But since the clog spans several blocks, it's difficult to determine where the problem started, Robertson said.
Beginning soon, the city will start checking businesses to keep this from happening again.
"We let them know that we are going to start inspecting once a month, their grease traps, to make sure they are emptied properly and taken care of," Robertson said.
The clogs are causing issues around town, where lines are backing up onto property.
"It spewed over into my yard last Friday and it completely stopped up my house," Ken Herbert said. "That's when it became personal to me."
Since the city does not have the equipment to clear the lines, it will spend $3000 to rent the machinery. Work will likely begin Monday.
"Why should the city pay? Why should the taxpayers pay for malfeasance?" Herbert said.
The businesses will not be fined by the city because there is no ordinance.
The mayor said she is working to create an ordinance so companies could be fined if they clog city sewer lines.
Clean-up is scheduled for Monday.