Sheriff: Raw sewage dumped into Laurel Co. creek

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Little Craig's Creek, in Laurel County, is swollen by the day's rain, but even the wet weather can't wash away what the Sheriff says one company did on Wednesday.

"A passerby saw a tanker truck appear to be dumping raw sewage into a creek," described Sheriff John Root.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office confirmed the sighting, and found raw sewage dumped off D Anders Road, outside of London.

According to the Sheriff's Office, detectives have already identified the suspect as a driver for Owens Septic Tank Cleaning. The company declined to comment on camera, but someone with the business said over the phone that he knows he made a mistake.

However, this may not be the only case of illegal dumping. Sheriff Root said his detectives believe there are other instances, and even found what they think is evidence of another location.

"Behind his [the accused driver] residence," answered Sheriff Root, adding "the detective did observe an area where it looked to be the sewage had been dumped prior."

"That could get to our waterways, what people wash with, cook with, or drink," stated the sheriff.

"It comes into contact with a bunch of people," pointed Todd Day who lives nearby.

What's worse, Little Craig's Creek feeds into Laurel Lake, which is a part of the drinking supply for the county. The county Health Department was on scene and Sheriff Root says they feel they were able to contain the sewage.

Still, the alleged dumping has day concerned for his horses, who have access to the creek that crosses parts of his property.

"I'm going to have to fence it up down there and keep the, out of it," figured Day.

"I just can't believe that someone would do something like that," lamented Sheriff Root.

At this time, no charges have been filed and Sheriff Root says the case will be presented to the next Grand Jury.

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