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Augusta flooding creates foul problem for some homeowners

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 3:58 PM CDT
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Waters are receding in Augusta, giving a clearer picture of some of the damage left by this weeks''s flooding.

But with cleanup beginning Thursday, it's not just rain water causing problems.

Augusta City Manager Josh Shaw says the city's sewer system couldn't handle the the volume of water it's seen over the past few days. He says administrators are assessing damage citywide in hopes of soon having some answers for residents.

Mike Otis is among those in Augusta facing a problem with raw sewage in his home. Otis wasn't home when floodwater from the Whitewater River began nearing his property.

When he got home, floodwater was not his main concern. He captured video of raw sewage flowing into his home from his bathtub and toilet.

"I walked in and immediately as I opened the door, it was just a horrendous smell," Otis says. "Just nasty."

Otis says he turned off his water because he though his problem might have been the result of a broken valve.

"But it just kept coming nonstop," he says.

Otis compares his situation to coming home after a tornado hits it.

"You come home to nothing and that's pretty much what I have," he says. "I don't want to risk staying here."

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