Raw sewage spills into backyards of Lincoln Co. subdivision

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 5:50 PM

(KMOV.com) – Residents of a Lincoln Co. subdivision said raw sewage is spilling into their backyards while they wait for a sewer line project that has been delayed to be completed.

The 50 homes in the Lakeview Subdivision near Elsberry rely on septic tank systems to handle sewage, but a plan has been place to hook up the homes to Elsberry’s sewer system. The project has been delayed for a number of reasons.

“They’ve been trying to do this since I moved out here in 200 and I would have thought they had a better plan than what’s going on,” Brian Morgan said.

Crews have put in sewer lines to some homes, but others still need to be hooked up. In June, a septic system line punctured causing sewage to run through Morgan’s backyard.

“I spent my birthday in my backyard making trails for sewer water to go around my house,” Morgan said.

Completion of the sewage line has been delayed because Elsberry and Lincoln County are at odds over legal fees, testing, and equipment.

“At the city board meeting, it was decided it’s in the best interest of the city not to accept the flow at this time until some of this stuff is corrected,” said Elsberry Mayor Terry Martin.

Elsberry said it was ready to include homes from Lakeview as part of its sewer system, but the city is wary because it would be responsible for any problems that would arise with the system.

News 4 attempted to obtain a comment from Lincoln County, but the county has yet to respond.

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