Raw sewage leak in neighborhood has residents upset

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Raw sewage discharging into a creek in one neighborhood has people who live nearby upset. Neighbors near 70th and Jackson say a pipe is discharging raw sewage into their backyards.

Homeowners told FOX 4 News they often are overwhelmed by foul odors when outside in their yards. They traced the source to a creek at the back of their properties. A pipe coming from a home on the 7000 block of Jackson is propped up on concrete blocks and stops over the creek.

At the opening where water and other fluids are discharging, you can see a pile of what appears to be wet toilet paper. We also spotted a tampon applicator in the creek and human waste. Neighbors say this is a safety and health issue for everyone nearby.

"We saw the sewage coming out and it's just like feces, paper, toilet paper and stuff just coming out, going into the creek," said Johnny Hooker, who lives on the block. "I know that's not healthy or sanitary."

Some neighbors claim the problem started after the city installed storm drains some time ago. There are combined storm and sanitary sewer lines in areas of the city that are being upgraded as part of $5 billion 25 year infrastructure project. Water Services responded quickly to FOX 4's call and was still on the scene Tuesday, investigating to determine if this is an overflow of the combined sewer system.

A spokeswoman for the Water Services Department told FOX 4 News it's not unusual for cities to have combined storm sanitary sewer lines. The city does take sanitary discharges very seriously as it undertakes the largest infrastructure project in Kansas City's history.

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