A number of residents in Cambridge are cleaning up a stinky situation in their basements, after raw sewage backed up into their homes causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The sewage began backing up into six homes and a church in the Preston Parkway and Linden Drive area around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
** TAKE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MONTHS**
WE CALLED THE EMO AND THEY SAID CITY APPROVED THIS THEN WENT SO FAR TO ASK US WHY WE WERE CALLING IF WE HAD A CONCERN
Homeowner Mona Ghaenizadeh discovered the stench in her house just before dinnertime.
“The smell was so bad, I got so sick and I started vomiting and came out…I’m so shocked, I’m so sad for everybody. I don’t want to feel pity and sorry, but this is not fair,” she says.
The backup has since been sealed off and insurance adjusters have begun to calculate the damage to the house.
One neighbour who was also impacted but didn’t want to appear on camera tells CTV News damage at her home is estimated at $30,000, but insurance will only cover a third of that amount.
Now residents are left wondering why it happened at all.
The City of Cambridge says two pumper trucks have been depositing 36 cubic metres of waste at a nearby location every other day.
That waste is coming from the new Conestoga College campus. It began being deposited in June, and will continue until a new pump house is completed in early 2012.
** HOW COULD CITY OF CAMBRIDGE APPROVE A HOLDING TANK IN THE CITY LIMITS – I GUESS NOW I CAN HOOK UP TO THE SEWAGE PIPE THAT IS LOCATED ON MY PROPERTY FROM MY DEVELOPER FRIENDS NEXT DOOR **
Linda Fegan, director of corporate communications for the City of Cambridge, says in an email, “The sanitary sewer system in this area was assessed prior to this temporary arrangement and it was confirmed that the sewer is capable of accepting this waste at the rates delivered.”
**LINDA NEEDS TO PROVE THE DOCUMENTATION -** I KNEW THIS WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME**
An early investigation by the city has found a blockage may have been responsible for the backup.
I GUESS THE CITY NEVER THINKS ABOUT WHAT IF?
“While we cannot confirm the cause of the blockage, early indications suggest it may have been caused by a plastic bag that got into the system and prevented the sewage from moving through the regular channels of disposal,” Fegan says.
Meanwhile Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig has met with residents and says he’s asked city staff to help the residents deal with the situation.
The city plans to continue unloading waste at the location for the time being, and that has some people in the area worried.
** IF YOU ARE IN THIS AREA OR LIVE IN THIS AREA PLEASE TAKE PICTURES **
Resident Amanda Horrod says “I have a lot of concerns, especially for my family. I have two young children and I don’t want anything to happen to my home or them.”
The city says the location was chosen to help minimize disposal costs for Conestoga College and additional work for the city.
THIS IS NOT FAIR TO CONESTOGA COLLEGE! HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST THE CITY TAX PAYERS ONCE AGAIN –
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