Thursday, September 11, 2003

Sewer overflows spout in Warren Co.

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - During last week's late-summer storms, Jeff and Nancy Kirkpatrick were startled when they woke to the sound of an overworked sump pump.

"Water was just gushing out of the floor drain in my basement," said Jeff Kirkpatrick, who has lived in the Deerfield Township home since January and has a 5-week-old son. "I noticed there was fecal matter and toilet paper and it immediately hit me what it was."

Today, Kirkpatrick and other residents from the Rosemont and Hunter's Green subdivisions are going to raise a stink about sewage backup with the Warren County commissioners. The commission meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the county building in Lebanon.

The county water and sewer department received 16 calls from those subdivisions last week. Officials suspect that the intense rains either backed up the storm-water grates or the grates were blocked, causing the rain to overflow into the sanitary sewer manhole covers.

Crews have been out to both areas looking for an explanation.

"We had them look for any kind of blockages in the sewer and anything else that might have caused it," said Patty Solinski, the water and sewer department's business manager. "They couldn't find any problem areas."

The rainy spring and summer has caused basement sewage flooding in other counties as well. The Metropolitan Sewer District has proposed a $37 million fix to help some Hamilton County homes.


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