Raw sewage backup alarms Midtown residents - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Raw sewage backup alarms Midtown residents

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Something stinks to some residents in Midtown, so they called the Action News 5 Investigators.

The smell is gone fortunately, but some residents were shocked to find raw sewage flowing in the alley behind the AT&T store on Union Avenue.

"I feel that, oh that's stinky, I feel if this was flowing in front of their building, they would have addressed the issue earlier," neighbor Stephanie Cook said.

The mess was flowing from behind the building of the AT&T store on Union and in front of an apartment complex.

Cook said she first noticed the alley was flooded when she went to work around 9:30 in the morning but didn't think much of it. She became alarmed when she returned around 4 in the afternoon.

"I smelled, my friend pointed out it looked like there were calcium deposits from their building which happened to be toilet paper," she said.

Cook says she was told the city wasn't notified until late in the afternoon.  The city public works department acted quickly sending a truck out to figure out the problem.

The sewage was erupting from a clean out plug in the parking lot of AT&T. Workers said the problem came from businesses and residential areas that caused the sewer to become blocked.

Grease discovered farther down the street caused the blockage. It is a problem that has been going on for a long, long time in Memphis: people pouring grease down their drains and clogging up the sewers.

The city fixed the problem.

Public works has an education program and has even used billboards for the FOG program: Fats, Oils and Grease, which mainly deals with restaurants. The city wants people to dispose of them properly and not pour them down the drain.

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