BATON ROUGE - Four apartment owners whose sewer lines were backed up in April are waiting for a settlement from the city of Baton Rouge to cover the damage it caused, a situation that's also causing red ink to overflow in the city's budget.
Since 2006 the city-parish has paid more than $4,000,000 to settle just under 2,000 claims of damage that happened as the result of a sewage backup.
The most recent problem happened this past April when power went out at the city's sewage treatment plant on Gardere Lane, causing the pipes to back up into the apartments. Residents who live in the Oak Bourne Apartments told News Two the odor was so bad it even reached inside of their cars.
"I got like three or four air fresheners in my car right now because I was trying to get the smell out," said Jasmine Carey, who lives at Oak Bourne.
The Department of Public Works told News 2 in the case of the Gardere power loss they had generators as a backup, but those generators had not yet been connected to the system when the storm happened. DPW also hopes the city's sewer rehabilitation program will reduce the overall numbers of backups seen around the city-parish. You can check the progress of the program's various areas here.
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