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Repairs continue after residential sewage spill

 By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Repairs are underway at Linda and Fred Freeney's home where dark muck filled rooms almost six weeks ago.

"I'll always remember how it looked and smelled- It was terrible, horrible," said the Freeneys.

After crews removed sewage from the house, Leesburg Home Improvement re-painted walls,  installed new baseboards, new cabinets, and kitchen necessities the sewage ruined.

"There have been times we've had tears but we know God's with us," Mrs. Freeney said.

The City of Albany took the blame and is fixing a pipe to keep sewage out of the Freeney's home.

"We wouldn't move in unless they did something to keep it from happening again," Mrs. Freeney noted. "It's too trying, too frustrating."

Crews with the city of Albany poured concrete in the bottom of a man hole near their back yard so if a problem occurs with the sewage pipe, they will be able to access it easier.

It's also frustrating for their neighbor Orvus Powell. Sewage rushed into his home and he still has to clean up the mess.  

"The main point is to get this job done and to get on with our lives," Mr. Freeney said. "This is the only house we've got and we want it repaired so we can move back in." 

The Freeneys have lived in their home 46 years and raised their family here. In the meantime, they're staying in an apartment until they're ready to move in later this month.

The couple estimates the sewage back-up cost them $25,000. They still need to buy some new furniture and household items. 

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