Iberville Parish demands sewage pond clean-up

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Posted: Aug 3, 2010 6:01 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Aug 3, 2010 6:15 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: sewage, pond, Iberville Parish, DHH, DEQ, cleanup, Scavone Trailer Park

Raw sewage could be seeping into the water supply in Iberville Parish. It's coming from a sewage facility at a closed trailer park on River Road.

Human waste flows inside a shed at the former Scavone Trailer Park. A pond filled with overgrown plants and feces sits behind the shed.

Parish leaders said the landowner never got a permit from the state to operate a sewage facility. After inspection, the Department of Health and Hospitals sent the property manager a notice to get the lot cleaned up.

The raw sewage could be flowing into Bayou LaBoutte, which is part of the Lower Grand River Watershed.

"This type of waste water contains fecal coliform bacteria, which is harmful bacteria known to cause illness. What's not flowing into our local streams, our rivers and bayous seeps into the ground and goes into the ground water," said John Clark, Iberville Parish Environmental Manager.

The trailer park closed in May, and the last resident moved out today.

A lawyer representing the trailer park says the land will be cleaned, fenced and returned to pasture after the remaining trailers are removed.

The property owner could face fines if the sewage problem is not fixed after the next inspection.

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