Sewage backup ruins Christmas

Sewage backup ruins Christmas
Phil Roberson
Phil Roberson

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany family has been forced out of their house again, because of sewage and storm water backing up into their home.

It's not what the family wanted for Christmas. An early morning storm forced a couple of feet of water and sewage in their home. And it's not the first time this has happened.

A pump behind Lucille Stewart's home on Queens Road works to get nearly three feet of water and sewage out of her basement. Stewart's family has gathered on Christmas Eve to clean out the mess.

"She's 83 years old. She can't handle this," said Son In Law Ed McIntosh.

The family discovered the water pouring into the basement about 5:00 this morning, as the strong rain overwhelmed the storm and sewer systems.

"It's up the wall. Going up the stairs, into the living room. Everything downstairs is ruined now," McIntosh said.

The family says this is at least the fourth time they have had major flooding and sewage issues in this home. Last time it cost thousands to clean, and McIntosh said city leaders won't do anything to solve the problem.

"When you get six inches of rain I think the rain water and the sewer water overloads the system. That backs up in this house, and it happens in other houses around here. Probably this one is the worst because it's at the end of the cul de sac."

City officials say because the house is in such a low lying area, there is not much they can do.

"When you have this kind of water, all the ponds are full all of the sudden. And water gets in the sanitary sewer system a little bit, and sort of overwhelms those systems," said Albany Assistant City Manager Phil Roberson.

Family members of Ms. Stewart say they are tired of these filthy problems, and want it fixed.

What are they doing for Christmas now? "I guess we're doing it. It's not my idea of Christmas, but it's got to be done," McIntosh said.

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