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Rising waters causes a stink in New Roads neighborhood

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NEW ROADS- As rain drops fall, the waters are creeping closer and closer to Josie Lewis' home.

But surprisingly that's not what's really bothering her.

"I went into my bathroom and I was like ‘what is this odor?'" she said. "It was sewage."

Some of the water outside is showing up where it doesn't belong: her bathroom.

"I had spoken to the neighbors, and they said that there's some problem with the sewar like the drainage pumping," she said.

Lewis contacted the authorities to get to the bottom of the situation, but Mayor Robert Myer says the city isn't to blame.

"Nobody else has the problem in the entire city," he told News 2. "I can't speculate on how a home was built. The homeowner, I understand these people are renting; maybe the landlord should come out here and take a look at it." 

The owner happens to be Pointe Coupee Parish Police Juror Cornell Dukes.

"It's a pump malfunction," Dukes told News 2. "And it's sad that the mayor is blaming the victim."

Lewis says she's not sure whose fault it is. She just wants to be able to walk into her house without holding her breath from the smell.

"I mean this is where we live, so it's been a headache, it's really been a headache," she said.

Her family will stay at a motel until the water goes down.

 

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