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Smelly, greasy mess in the Bywater has resident crying 'fowl'

Grease pools in a pothole near the Church's Chicken on St. Claude. (FOX 8 Photo) Grease pools in a pothole near the Church's Chicken on St. Claude. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A stinky and slippery situation at a Church's Chicken in the bywater, has residents nearby crying “fowl.”

Doug Marshall is one squeaky wheel who's had just about enough of the grease.

“You'll see there's an active ongoing leak from outside of the side of the building that needs to be stopped,” Marshall said. “And then they need to do something to clean up the parking lot and all the areas where this has been tracked.”

A steady flow of chicken grease over the past week from a leaking grease trap at Church's Chicken on St. Claude Avenue has turned the whole area into a slippery, stinky mess.

“The smell is obviously an issue, and it looks like the grease is pooling up and dumping into the sewer,” Marshall said.

Grease in a pothole makes for a nasty obstacle and a potential safety issue for traffic and customers. Oily tire tracks from cars and bikes are now a fixture on the street and the sidewalk leading right up to Marshall's house.

The manager on duty at the restaurant didn't want to go on camera, but old us that this mess will be cleaned up soon. And it's a good thing, because those with the Department of Environmental Quality say the franchisees have 10 days from the time of the complaint to get the issue resolved, or they face stiff penalties.

Marshall said he's also tried to talk to the restaurant management.

“I alerted the manager and the employees, and they said they do something about it, and each day it continues,” Marshal said. “I don't see them doing anything.”

The DEQ says an inspector was scheduled to check out the grease trap Thursday (Oct. 1) to determine what needs to be done, and what if any penalties may apply. In the meantime, the clock is ticking. And Marshall says the clean up - and a permanent solution - couldn't happen soon enough. 

We'll follow up in the coming days to see if the leak fixed and if the grease is cleaned up.

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