Sherwood Forest residents want sewage fix now
BATON ROUGE - Some Sherwood Forest residents are still dealing with sewage backups and can't flush their toilets whenever it rains.
It's a problem residents have been dealing with for years. Sherwood Forest resident Julia Grau's toilet flushed today, but with rain in the forecast that may be short lived.
"Every time it rains my three clean-outs in the house get full of water," she said. "I have three commodes in my house that I cannot use until all the rain has passed and all the rain has cleared all the pipes."
Some residents have checked into hotel rooms to avoid the mess and smell.
"When a storm is coming, I don't know," said Grau. "I have to go to a hotel or something. I don't like to live with my sons or daughters. I'm that kind of person. So it's bad. It's really bad."
The Department of Public Works says it plans to spend between $20-30 million to overhaul the sewage system in the Sherwood Forest area. DPW Special Projects Engineer Amy Schulze told News 2 in May that the overhaul should be finished by the end of 2016.
"When we design projects we have to start at the very downstream end, so we have to start at the treatment plant and work our way up the system. Which means they're further out in the system, so it's taking us a little bit longer to get there," she said.
After countless payments to a plumber, Grau wants a fix from the city of Baton Rouge while she and other residents wait another two years for sewage upgrades.
"I heard that there's another neighbor that complained. Then the city installed a pump. When this happens that pump starts to keep the water from collecting in your pipes," she said.
DPW's plans for a sewer system overhaul includes upgrades to fifty sewer pump stations along with an upgrade to sewer lines in the Sherwood Forest area.