Posted: Oct 21, 2009 9:55 AM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Oct 21, 2009 10:49 PM
Despite improvements made to stop sewer ponds from flooding in Sorrento, sewage has backed up into homes and now the town could be forced to pay for the damage.
Residents voiced their concerns at a town council meeting Tuesday night.
Mayor Blake LeBlanc said the problem stems from a broken pump station and sludge that has yet to be cleaned out of the town's sewer ponds.
"It is an emergency," said Mayor LeBlanc.
The town was waiting on grant money to start the work, but that never came through. Now, the council will have to dip into savings or find another way to finance the project. LeBlanc said fixing the ponds is his top priority because raw sewage is a health hazard.
The town is applying for a land use permit from the Department of Environment Equality. Once given permission, the council can hire a contractor to clear the sludge.
That might not happen until early next year.
The Department of Health and Hospitals plans to issue a violation, requiring the town to have adequate pump capacity with its system.