Lincoln man says province not doing enough to help with sewer problems

7/4/2012

A Lincoln man is frustrated the province isn't doing anything to fix long standing sewer issues in his court that have contributed to a large sinkhole in his backyard. Mike McHugh, who lives on Gillies Court, says the system dumps sewage into the St. John River. He says the stench is at times incredible, never mind the damage being done to the environment. McHugh says in 2007 the government announced millions would be spent on various infrastructure projects around the province, including the construction of a wastewater treatment system for his court. That's never happened, and no one has explained why. McHugh adds the riverbank behind his garage has eroded so much a large sinkhole caved in a few years ago.

McHugh says even a government engineer who visited the site in the past month agreed it is critical the bank be stabilized.

Craig Leonard is the MLA for the area. He says he's well aware of the issue and says the province is working on a solution. He says it's complicated as the system is privately owned. Leonard agrees the riverbank needs to be stabilized, but it's not as simple as filling in the hole created when the pipe collapsed as it could back up the system for the other homeowners. He tells Astral news, he understands this is a dire issue.

Leonard says he has been in touch with McHugh, and unfortunately while he doesn't have definitive answers, there is a direction for a plan.

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