Sewage backs up into several St. Petersburg homes

St. Petersburg, Florida – Several residents along 52nd Ave. North and 53rd Ave. North spent their Saturday morning dealing with a stinky situation.

"Welcome to the mess," said Larry Hendershot while showing 10 News his carpets which were soaked with sewage. "The city told me that there was apparently a blockage and they were blowing it out."

Three other neighboring homes were also affected by the backup that sent the sewage backing into bathtubs and toilets.

Next door, the Smith family has already hired a company on their own to rip out the damaged hardwood floors, and installed machines to clean the air and dry the floors.

"The company we had come out to take care of the cleanup for us says since we only had the one bathroom with bacteria, we needed to be out of the house," said Kevin Smith.

10 News contacted the City of St. Petersburg to find out who caused the problem and what was being done to fix it.

Supervisor John Stanton admitted that the city caused the problem while trying to clear a blocked sewage line.

He told 10 News that the incident is uncommon and a crew from the company Servpro has already been called in to clean the homes that were affected.


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