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Raw sewage spews into busy Baton Rouge street

4 years ago September 06, 2011 Sep 6, 2011 Tuesday, September 06 2011 Tuesday, September 06, 2011 2:38:58 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- A broken piece of galvanized pipe is to blame for causing raw sewage to spew into a busy street in Baton Rouge.  The Department of Public Works fixed the line that feeds into 50 other pumping stations late this afternoon.

The sewage litters the intersections of Hooper Road and Sharon Hills Drive.  The stench emanating from the mess is enough to make people with even the strongest stomachs gag.

"Every so often we have air release valves vent the gasses off the line to allow it to flow at full capacity," DPW Supervisor John Ward said.  "We had one of those lines break off."

The break happened in front of John Vallery's home.  He first reported the problem to the City Parish on Saturday.

"I'm just happy to see them here fixing it," Vallery said.

Although DPW fixed the problem late this afternoon, Vallery and others want to know why it took so long to address what they call a health hazard.  That is something DPW Supervisors are looking into.

"It's a problem," Ward said.  "I'll be addressing how and why this did not get to my attention more quickly."

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