It’s a noisy, wet, stinky, situation unfolding on the 6600 block of Memphis Street in Lakeview.
“This morning around 6 o’clock I went outside to pick up the newspaper and i noticed the gusher was forming. It was really coming out by our neighbor’s sidewalk,” says Lakeview resident Jeff Gosciniak.
Unfortunately for Gosciniak the problem is not by his neighbor’s sidewalk, it is under his driveway.
A 24-inch pipe carrying raw sewage broke soaking streets, sidewalks, and yards. Crews with the Sewerage and Water Board have spent hours tearing up Gosciniak’s yard. They’re mending the leak, one they say is more complicated than the average break because the pipe is cracked, and the crack runs all along the bottom. It means they’ll have to cut out the damaged portion and attach a new one.
“We figured it can’t be good. This can’t be good,” says Cathy Daigle.
Daigle is a curious neighbor from around the corner. She says this comes as no surprise. Just last week crews fixed another sewer break on the same line just blocks away.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of surprises underneath this city. It’s an old city and we have old things and there’s probably plenty more waiting to happen,” says Daigle.
“Well you know, of all the places I’ve lived in this is the first time I’ve ever had a sewer main break in my yard so I guess that’s a first, but the system has got to be pretty stressed after Katrina,” reasons Gosciniak.
Crews do say Katrina contributed to this as well as wear and tear. They say the pipes are about 50 to 60 years old.
As for the repairs, the Sewerage & Water Board says crews will not leave Memphis Street until the pipe is fixed.