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02/04/04 - Longview

Mistaken Connection Cause Of Oil Spill In Longview

A city mistake of incorrectly connecting sewer lines is being blamed for flooding a Longview woman's home with crude oil Monday. Leila Letourneau's house was flooded when oil bubbled up from the her bathroom's sink, toilet, and bathtub. It spread two to three inches in three bedrooms.

Workers say the sewer line was hooked into what's called a salt water transfer line, normally used to move oil. That means Letourneau has been paying for city services for two years that were never connected. City officials including mayor Murray Moore inspected the site today, and assured Letourneau the city would be responsible for damages to her home.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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