No fix in sight for Slidell area that deals with sewage when it rains

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - There is still no relief in sight for those in St. Tammany Parish who deal with sewage in their homes when it rains.

Residents of the Cross Gates community were hoping to lay out their concerns at a Parish Council meeting Thursday, but it was continued until the next meeting.

"They've had sewage come up through their toilets in their homes and had to get out there with buckets and clean up whatever comes up," said Homeowners Association President Chuck Lamarche.

Lamarche said two nearby lift stations have needed a major overhaul for years.

As far as the sewage system, that seems to be the biggest issue, and sewage is contaminated," Lamarche said. "Who wants that kind of stuff in your yard?"

He said while their homes and neighborhoods are known problem areas when a storm blows through, his experience with parish leaders indicates they seem to accept the problem rather than move to fix it.

"I'm not saying they're not doing anything, I just don't think they're doing enough to help these people," he said.

FOX 8 contacted some council members Thursday. We were told that they are very aware of the issue, but they say a big problem requires a big fix, which requires a lot of research and money. They said they want to wait for that research to be completed.

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