Sewage causes health concerns for neighbors - - Jackson, MS

Sewage causes health concerns for neighbors

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - "Sometimes it seems like a river is running down there, like a little miniature creek or something, nothing but sewage," said Mosi Smith.

Mosi is talking about a stream of sewage running down the 300 block of East Ridgeway street in Jackson.

Walking along the street, lined with dozens of children playing, the foul smell hits you immediately. Neighbors say it's been this way for months, and they've called the city.

The city of Jackson says they've inspected the sewage leak and determined it was on the homeowners property, and their responsibility.

"All these potholes you see here, it's deteriorating the concrete under, deteriorating our ground," said Smith. "Then, you know, we have children up and down this street, 24-7.  They're out here playing, my neighbors child they're out here playing. It's hot, summertime, mosquito's breed in water, now you got sewage infested water, sewage infested water." 

We also reached out to the Department of Environmental Quality, who also received complaints about the sewage.

They say they were told by the city, that they would install a temporary pump, to resolve it. 

Many residents say the problems started after city officials began working on repairs in the street.

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