Orange Mound resident salvaging what she can after sewage backup in her apartment

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It's a stinky situation for one Orange Mound resident and her landlords won't provide any answers.

WREG reached out to Memphis Public Works but unfortunately they told Siobhan Riley they can't fix it.

"I worked for everything I have so to know that everything I have is gone, it just breaks my heart really."

Tiffany King tried to salvage what little she could after sewage got into her apartment.

She said the problem started last week at Harmony Park Apartments on Steve Road.

"It started with my bathroom overflowing with sewer and now it's spreading all through the rest of my apartment. Sewer water. They came yesterday and vacuumed up actual feces out of my floor."

King and her 5-year-old daughter said they are staying with family and friends until the problem is solved.

When we reached out to employees at the main office of the apartment, they refused to comment about the issue.

"I had asked them just to move me to another apartment, and they're saying that they have to fix the issue before they can do anything about it. Like they're really talking about cleaning my apartment at this point and everything's sitting in sewer."

A spokesperson with Public Works confirmed the problem, but called it a private property issue.

Public Works said the sewer line was likely backed up due to fats, oils and grease being poured down the drain.

WREG was only in the apartment about 15 minutes, but the smell was unbearable.

King said she's worried about her health.

"Breathing in these fumes can't be healthy at all, and if I didn't have a good friend that I was able to sleep with last night I would be sleeping here."

The family are hoping to find another place soon.

We contacted the district office for the apartments, but have yet to hear back.


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