Air: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
It's not quite an inalienable right, but it's pretty darn close. We're talking about the right to live our lives free from untreated raw sewage in our homes and neighborhoods.
Last week, our Cheryl Mercedes revealed new details about a sewage problem that's been going on for decades in one Baton Rouge neighborhood. The same day her report was airing another leak was fouling the University Lakes on the LSU campus. Sewage also backed up in Gardere after the recent thunderstorms on April 27.
The people highlighted in our “Investigators” report have been complaining for months and they have had sewage backed up in their homes. This represents not just a supreme inconvenience. Raw sewage is a serious health risk. It's not that the city-parish is doing nothing to address these problems, but it's obvious that they're not doing enough. These stories also beg the question, shouldn't health officials be stepping in to condemn the worst of these living conditions?
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