Raw sewage torments neighbors on Euclid Avenue in Covington

Sewers can't handle storms

COVINGTON, Ky. - Three days after the storm, people who work and live on Euclid Avenue in Covington were still cleaning up raw sewage Friday.

The basement of W S Brohier and Associates, an accounting firm, was a mess.  Workers tore out everything contaminated by raw sewage that erupted into the storage area.

Among the damage: stacks of clients' tax files.

The same thing happened in 2010, and his insurance company wasn't happy.

"The last time that it happened, after they paid the claims, they dropped me," Winston Brohier said.

He's afraid the same thing will happen now.

Residents say raw sewage erupts frequently on Euclid Avenue during heavy rains. Restoration trucks and dumpsters were everywhere as the clean up continued. 

Unfortunately, to save money while between jobs, Dan Satchley stopped his backflow insurance a few months earlier.

His finished basement was ruined.

"I don't know what to do," he said.

Officials with Sanitation District 1 say the low-lying street caught the brunt of a 50- to 100-year storm. They insist you can't build a system big enough to handle that much water.

But Satchley and other residents say the problem is overdevelopment.

"I think because they're building more things around us, and it's making the water more to this direction," Satchley said.

Residents shouldn't expect much relief.

SD1's Rich McGillis said they have been given no money to implement a federal court order to eliminate  combined sewer overflows or to even reduce sanitary sewer overflows. SD1 has 400 miles of sewers and it would cost $500 million to have separate sewer systems, McGillis said.

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