Engineers Racing To Fix Sewers Before More Flooding

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UPDATED: Wednesday April 3, 2013 6:43 PM

It’s beyond just a homeowner’s headache.  Logan officials say sewage-filled floodwaters are rushing into dozens of homes.

It's happening to some families in the city of Logan in Hocking County, but city officials say they are racing to fix the problem before the next flood.

“When I opened the door, and came downstairs (there was) just water everywhere. Brown water. And everything we had, floating in it,” said Logan resident Kyle Ellinger.

Prized possessions and household items could be seen swimming in inches of sewage and water.

“The pressure was so hard that it ripped the carpet seam apart and it was just coming up thru everywhere,” said Molly Ellinger.

Kyle and Molly Ellinger were left to clean the filthy mess.

“It's about 5 inches high. I did some calculations, of over 5,000 gallons of water and sewage filling the basement,” said Kyle Ellinger.

Logan Mayor Martin Irvine says this family is among dozens of families in the city of Logan faced with flooding.

“Thirty to 40 calls came in that they had problems,” said Irvine.

Irvine says it was those calls and complaints that led to this city-wide investigation. He says they’re rushing to get the job done before the next rainy season.

“If we can eliminate any rainwater where it's found, we can prevent problems downstream,” said engineer John Barton.

Irvine says the city is borrowing up to $300,000 from the state for these engineers to dig deep and into the often unpleasant, underworld of sewer pipes.

With more than 100,000 feet of pipe in the city of Logan, crews say they are starting to test the larger pipes, before going to the smaller ones to look for problems.

Engineer John Barton says that when it rains hard, some of the older pipes back up, causing water and sewage to flow the wrong way.  

“So we can monitor these 20, 30 homes and see if the rainwater gets in there the next time there's a rain storm,” said Barton.

He says his team's job is to find it and figure out how to fix it, before the Ellingers and other families have to deal with another disgusting dilemma.

The engineers tell 10tv it should take about 3 months to complete the initial study.  Then, they say they'll start fixing the problems.

There was no word on how long that will take and at what cost.

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