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Fix on the way for raw sewage problem in Donaldsonville

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DONALDSONVILLE- Residents in Ascension Parish are about to get some relief from a raw sewage problem.

For at least six years sewage has spewed into drainage culverts behind the Savoia Subdivision on Gardenia Drive.  According to Mayor Leroy Sullivan it happens when the pump runs for an extended period of time, causing an overflow. 

The city has known about it for years, but nothing has been done because there was no money to fix it.

"The people in that community have been very patient," Sullivan said.  "I can't blame them for being upset."

Residents in the neighborhood had plenty to say about it.

"For myself, six of seven years I've been reporting it," one neighbor said.  "I was told the funds weren't available."

"It's the worst possible smell, it makes you want to gag and throw up," another neighbor said.

This month, the city awarded a contract to a company to stop the overflows after receiving assistance from the Dept. of Environmental Quality. The sewage will have to be rerouted, which will take about a month to complete.

"The only thing we are waiting on is to get the approval from the Department of Health and Hospitals," Sullivan said. 

The project should begin in the next month and cost about $145,000 to fix. The City of Donaldsonville will have to pay $70,000 of that amount, the rest of the money is coming from other funding sources.

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