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Valdosta residents react to latest round of manhole overflows

The overflowing manhole in the 600 block of Scott Drive The overflowing manhole in the 600 block of Scott Drive
Sugar Creek came out of its banks Friday and nearly reached some raised manholes off of Meadow Brook Drive Sugar Creek came out of its banks Friday and nearly reached some raised manholes off of Meadow Brook Drive
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The back yard of two homes in the 600 block of Scott Drive may have looked like they had a fountain in it, but it wasn't a fountain. It was an overflowing manhole, leaking a mixture of raw sewage and rain water into the back yards.

A neighbor who lives in one of the two homes said he doesn't understand why the city hasn't done anything besides the smoke testing to try and prevent the manhole from overflowing.

"I think that we, as taxpayers, shouldn't have to live like this. In certain areas that not haven't live like this, why should we have to live like this?," the neighbor asked.

And he's tired of it limiting the things he can do around his home. "You can't have a back yard Bar-B-Q, you can't have company over or nuttin' like this. It's just really horrible," said the neighbor.

Kevin Clark's home on Meadow Brook Drive backs up to some manholes that he says consistently overflow. He said that, along with the already swollen Sugar Creek nearby, the overflowing manholes make it less enjoyable to live there when it rains.

"It just makes it to where you don't really want to go back there as much; it doesn't make it look as good. I mean, we use to play golf and do all this other stuff in the backyard, and when this stuff happened, especially the manhole overflows, really don't want to go back there," Clark explained.

Sugar Creek was well out of its banks Friday afternoon, nearly reaching the manholes behind Clark's home. And while the manholes are raised up off the ground, if big rain events like the one on Friday happen again, that may not be enough.

Kevin Clark's neighbor, Meg Booth, said the continued overflows are creating a hazard for her children. "With kids playin' that definitely is a concern. When you have small children, you don't want them to get sick or get into anything."

Concerns that, like the sewage, come flooding back many times when it rains.

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