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PORT ALLEN - City leaders and a fast food company are at odds over human waste and chicken fat that is believed to be spewing out of a drain on the restaurant's property.

But, the Church's Chicken on N. Alexander in Port Allen said it is working to correct the problem.  A company spokesperson said the company is doing everything to get the issue fixed but believes the problem started with the city.

The company blames the leak on a clogged city sewer system.  Friday, the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit found pipes filled with grease from area businesses.  Monday, city crews cleaned out the clog in the main sewer line.

Still, Tuesday, the issue remained at the chicken restaurant.

"It's [the restaurant's] problem, and I can't do anything because that's private property," Port Allen DPW director Terry Vincent said. "We've done everything we could. We've vacuumed the lines. We've put degreasers in them. As you can see, everyone else down the street is working normal except for this location."

While the city blamed the restaurant for previous issues, such as the clogs from a lack of cleaning out grease traps, the restaurant fired back that it cleans grease traps every 90 days.

Despite the blame game, Church's Chicken Vice President of Communications Bonnie Warschauer promised the problem would be fixed immediately.

"We can't have that problem on our property. It's hurting our neighbors," Warschauer said.

Church's Chicken said they would try to figure out what was causing the problem within the next 24 hours.


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