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Raw Sewage Leads to Eviction

Raw Sewage Leads to Eviction

ELMIRA (WENY) -- When people living on Juanita Street on the South Side of Elmira called the County's Sewage Department they didn't think anyone would be getting evicted.   
     Raw sewage is backing up into five houses on Juanita Street. The owners say it's the County's fault, the County says it's the homeowner's responsibility.
     "It's gross, we pump it every week every two weeks, now it's full of everything and it smells horrible," said Loni Parker.
     Neighbors say the problem started two years ago, when the County changed the sewage line. The County says it only heard of the problem this morning and sent a crew out to check on things this afternoon.
    While the sewage crew was there, Code Enforcement showed up, and condemned Loni Parker's home. Her and her family have to be out by 7:00 p.m.
     "The owners would have to get a plumber in to see just what's wrong. We talked to the County and they said it's not their problem," said Rocco Picarazzi, Director, Code Enforcement.
     Joyce Hanville lives across the street from Parker.
     "I've lost a furnace possibly another one I have to redo a bathroom I have two tenants that have moved out, I'm running out of money," said Hanville.
     Joyce Hanville cleans her bathroom every single day. She just cleaned her shower last night and less than 24 hours later, there's raw sewage that has made it's way back up into the shower.
       Neighbors visibly upset, say it wouldn't be a problem if the County didn't block off the sewer line at the end of the street.
     The County says the homeowners need a back flow preventer installed.