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Residents in the Peaselburg neighborhood of Covington are still cleaning up from flooding earlier in the week when a combined sewer overflowed into the streets and seeped into basements. Combined sewersMore >>
Residents in the Peaselburg neighborhood of Covington are still cleaning up from flooding earlier in the week when a combined sewer overflowed into the streets and seeped into basements.More >>
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -
Flood victims packed Covington
City Hall Tuesday night to express their concerns and frustrations following
combined sewer overflows during last week's rain events.
Many of the Covington
residents who attended the meeting were the same residents flooded three years
They say they were promised
help then, but have yet to see a fix.
"All's I heard was ‘we're
going to take care of it, we're going to take care of it. And here we are three
years later," Teri Meyer said addressing the Sanitation District No. 1. "It's
the same thing."
Some argued they were looking
not only for a fix, but for restitution for damages.
Many residents expressed
frustration over what they heard from SD1 representatives.
"All we heard tonight was how
much rain," Joe Mueller Sr. Said. "Hell, we know how much rain we got. What are
you going to do?"
"[We] absolutely understand
the frustrations that they have and the issues that they're dealing with," SD1
executive director David Rager told FOX19. "They're very personal to them and
that's a huge problem."
The Sanitation District has
identified $15 million dollars worth of projects to help eliminate the
flooding, but right now there is no start date in sight.
"It all will depend on when
there's money available," Rager explained.
Frustrated rate payers
question where SD1's current revenues were going.
"Unfortunately 50 cents of
every dollar we take goes to pay the debt on the projects we already have and
then you add on top of that the cost of the electric bill, the chemical bill
and the requirements just to run the treatment plants," Rager explained.
"There's very little money left to do anything else with."
"I've got some bad emotion
and I'm saying that somebody's got to do something instead of sitting in there
in a meeting and talking about it," flood victim Richard Jones said. "It
doesn't solve the problem."
SD1 requested a rate increase
to help pay for federal mandated projects under the Clean Water Act, but were
Officials with the City of
Covington plan to present a plan to the SD1 board next week.
Rager says once the financing
is in place the projects will likely take three to four years to complete.