Raw Sewage Still Seeping Into Southwest OKC Yards

Monday, April 21st 2014, 8:10 pm
By: News 9

Raw sewage is still stinking up some yards in one southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood. News 9 first told you about the issue Sunday night, after residents told us nothing was being done.

A manager said help was on the way, and much of the sewage has receded at the Westmoor Mobile Home Community.

"So there's no more water, but there's still like a giant hole and there's still a smell," Rose Tittle said.

Raw sewage is still stinking up Tittle's mother's backyard.

"I'm afraid to go back there, because I don't want to be in sewage again," Tittle said.

Sewage has been seeping in the yard for weeks, after it started backing up in their next-door neighbor's home, who moved out because of the problem.

Residents complained to management, and they sent a maintenance worker out last night, who stopped the up-flow of sewage and placed a black tarp over the gaping hole.

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"They need to go in there and fix the pipes, and actually fix them and not put a Band-Aid on them like they've been doing," Tittle said.

A Westmoor manager, a part of Yes! Communities, showed up and said a plumber would be by to fix the broken line at 2 p.m. on Monday, but it was another broken promise.

"They say they're going to do it, and yet nobody shows up," Tittle said. 

"And then you get the runaround when you go to the office, and no one picks up the phone."

Meanwhile, neighborhood kids and pets play in the back yards filled with matted toilet tissue and other wastes, and the residents are stuck with the stink.

"It's a continued problem," Tittle said. 

"And the more homes that they put in here, the more problems we're going to have with it, and they just don't see that."

An environmental specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) came to the Westmoor Mobile Home Park on Monday morning and gave the following assessment:

"A sewage bypass was verified. The mobile home park is waiting on a buried line location request before digging to make repairs. A re-inspection will be conducted later today once repairs are made."