BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works say they are close to completing a historic overhaul of the parish's sewer system, but some residents say it's not happening fast enough.
Matt Thomas lives on Cedardale Ave. near the LSU Lakes and recorded video of one of the sewers failing during a large rain event. The video shows the sewer displacing the manhole cover and overflowing into the street and a nearby storm drain. That storm drain empties into the lake at the end of the street.
Thomas said once the water receded they noticed condoms and tampons on the street and other trash from the sewer.
"To take raw sewage and dump it untreated directly into a lake under the Clean Water Act, which is a federal act, is illegal and there are strict penalties for that," said Thomas.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro councilman for the neighborhood said he sees the problem firsthand and has reported it. Councilman John Delgado said the city-parish is experiencing growing pains.
"We are aware of the problem and we're working to fix it," said Delgado. "We talked to CH2 Hill, who is the contractor on the project, and they're doing everything they can to remedy the situation as quickly as possible."
Upon viewing Thomas' video, DPW officials said they have adjusted the pumps in the area and hope that will prevent a future incident.