Raw Sewage Posing Health Risk To Residents In Lyon, MS Subdivision

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(Lyon, MS) A smelly mess!

That's how people are describing a sewage leak in a Coahoma County, Miss., subdivision.

People who live in the East Park subdivision in Lyon are tired of officials turning up their noses to a situation that's been gong on for years.

"Oh, it stinks. It's like...it's stinking."

Jaunita White said the smelly problem in the East Park Subdivision is as plain as the nose on your face.

"It's right there at that fence, at the corner of that fence."

What's bubbling out of the ground isn't "black gold or Texas tea" -- it's raw sewage.

Clarence Hornburger said he's been warning kids in the neighborhood to stay away from the mess.

"If you use the bathroom at home...that smell...but you're smelling it outside."

The sewage began surfacing two years ago and people here are upset the problem hasn't been fixed yet.

It boils down to who's responsible for the sewage lines in the subdivision, which was built in the 1970s and is located on a flood plain.

The sewage is coming out of the ground near Debra McClenton's house.

She said she got stuck with a $65 bill from someone who came out and looked at the leak but did nothing to fix it.

"We been asking someone to come out and look at the problem. But every time someone comes out to look at it, they tell us it's on us."

Her frustration is shared by Paul Pearson, the president of the Coahoma County Board of Supervisors.

He said it appears the sewer lines weren't properly installed.

"And you get into these subdivisions that were built years ago before evidently there was any kind of building codes or subdivision rules or regulations."

No one is claiming responsibility for the sewer lines,  so the problem isn't getting fixed.

While it's being hashed out, the raw sewage keeps flowing, creating a haven for flies and mosquitoes and a threat to the public living nearby.

In front of the house where Andrew Brown, Jr., grew up, people have to walk across a plank to come and go through the yard.

He said his elderly mother doesn't dare come outside for fear of getting too close to the sewage.

"If a mosquito is out there dipping in that water, or flies or what not, and they come and bite somebody like me or you, then we're infected."

Paul Pearson said he's sent a letter to the Coahoma County Health Department detailing the problem.

He said that's the first step in taking action...action that's long overdue.

"We inherited these situations but we're going to get through it the best we can and as quick as we possibly can."