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Residents blame sinkhole for sewage in homes - abc27 WHTM

Residents blame sinkhole for sewage in homes

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

It's one of the worst things that could happen in your house: raw sewage flowing into your basement. A handful of residents of N. 4th Street in Harrisburg tell abc27 News they have been dealing with that for months, and the infamous sinkhole is to blame.

Francisco Ortiz says when it rains, raw sewage flows into this basement and the smell is horrendous.

"Oh my God, you have no idea," Ortiz said.

He claims it all started when the sinkhole opened up. He said a professional checked it out and said the problem is not in the house, but rather out in the street. Ortiz was hoping a costly repair project would help fix the issue, but so far no luck.

"I can't even hang clothes because when I hang my clothes, after they dry, the feces smell is on my clothes," Ortiz said.

Several other residents spoke with abc27 off-camera and described similar issues.

Mayor Linda Thompson addressed the issue at a recent news conference. She said he heard about an isolated case regarding a landlord.

Thompson said she received a letter from the landlord six months ago and it was checked out.

"We did our research. We investigated very thoroughly and, in fact, the residents who live in that particular facility noted that the property had sewage backup for years and years and years. We thought the landlord was not being forthright," Thompson said.

Ortiz is not connected to that report.

"Since January 1, we heard promises. March, April, May - this is June and it still hasn't been done," Ortiz said.

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