Spewing sewage wrecks apartments

December 3, 2008 4:02:17 PM PST
Residents at a N.J. apartment complex are out of their homes, dozens of others are without water, all because the earth opened up and water came gushing the wrong way out of busted water mains and sewer lines.

The problem started in the Heathers Apartments on the 1900 block of Laurel Road in Lindenwold N.J. around 5:30 a.m.

Residents tell Action News they heard the toilet gurgle, then water came gushing up out through it. The building is "AA" in the Heathers Apartments complex. The building has been condemned and structural engineers are going to have to see if the building is safe for people to go back inside.

This isn't the first time residents have reported problems with water backing up into their homes recently.

Until the problem is fixed, managment of the Heathers Apartments plans to put displaced residents up in empty, unfurnished apartments. The onl problem is, there is no way for people to get back into the damaged building to get their belongings. So workers are constructing a wooden ramp to let people get the items they'll need for the next several days.

Because the water main break has compromised the sewer lines, water service is truned of to 60 other apartments in the complex. Before the water service can be turned back on, the water must be tested. Those results wll take 24 hours. In the meantime, the apartment complex's management is going to provide bottled water for those residents.

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