Bubbling sewage has residents of Riverside sick - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Paranjape

Bubbling sewage has residents of Riverside sick

Follow the big green hose along the entrance to President's Island and it goes through two drains and into a pump station.
It's hard to see and frankly it is something you do not want to see. It is raw sewage bubbling up.

And on days it rains, Philip Rodgers said the sewage spills over onto Riverside Drive.

Rodgers has seen this problem for months.

"Bubbles up out of that manhole, runs down the street and you can see the remains so to speak right here," Rodgers said.

An employee at Lion Oil next to this sewer pump station did not want to go on camera, but said it makes her sick to see the sewage seeping through.

She said she called the city numerous times, but hasn't gotten very far.

So, Action News 5 called the city.

"Now that I'm aware of this problem we're going to inspect the line," public works director Duan Gilliom said.

Gilliom said his office had no complaints.

In fact, he was unaware of sewage running down the street until he got a call from Action News 5.

"Now that you have brought it to my attention, we have inspected the area and we have noticed there has been some discharge or some overflow," Gilliom said.    

Gilliom admits the situation stinks and it can also be a health hazard.

Gilliom said they have hired a contractor and plan on having a pre-construction meeting next week.

He promises this problem will be fixed within two to three weeks.

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