Imagine coming home from a long day of work on a rainy afternoon. Pulling into the garage and stepping out of the car, the smell hits you like a ton of bricks. Entering the home, the cause of the problem is quickly found, the basement is flooded with human waste and rancid water. Sewage has backed up into the basement again.
For many Onondaga County residents, sewage problems are nothing new. During heavy rains parts of East Syracuse, Mattydale, and Salina regularly experience sewage back up into the basements of homes. East Syracuse resident Howard Evans is trying to do something to stop it. Evans has helped put together a meeting of residents, county legislatures, and members of local government.
During the last flood in July of 2006, Evans home was flooded with sewage. The bottom floor of his raised ranch, which included the living room, kitchen, and dining room, were all effected. His in-ground pool was also filled with surface runoff from local trunks.
East Syracuse Mayor Dan Liedka said that the village would be going through studies to try and find a solution. It's a problem that has been going on for a long time he said. The village is trying to get funds to repair 100-year-old sewer pipes.
Liedka went on to say that residents have been very helpful. The village received $100,000 from Community Development to install new pipes. He said that it's not just a problem in East Syracuse but in many of the eastern suburbs.
Liverpool resident Joan Middleton said that it is not uncommon for her and her neighbors to find run off in the basements of their homes. Middleton estimates that over the 40 plus years she has owned her home she has had this happen to her around five times. She said that during the last flood she came home to find municipal sludge in her basement.