Sewer water makes for a smelly situation

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Sewage running into a creek in Perry County makes for a smelly mess for the people of Vicco.

The community's biggest concern is the health of the people and wildlife in the area.

Although the mayor says sewage does not continuously run into the creek, the people of Vicco say the problem has gone on long enough and it needs to be fixed.

Billy Banks of Vicco captured video of the sewage water pouring into the creek just three days ago.

"I saw it running straight into the water," said Banks.

The sewer water does not flow continuously out of the vent pipe, but concerned citizens say the damage has already been done.

"It's polluting our rivers. We can't eat the fish. And the water has been shipped back to us to drink, shipped to the hospital, and shipped to the restaurants for them to drink," said Banks.

The new mayor of Vicco says the problem stems from bad pumps and switches at the Vicco Utilities Plant.

"The whole system is very outdated. It needs to be fixed, but there's not enough funding to get it going," said Johnny Cummings, the new mayor of Vicco.

The sewer water is treated with chlorine which is why the trail it left behind turned the ground grayish in color.

Everyone's main concern is the health of the people in Vicco and the wildlife in this creek.

"If it's doing this to the fish, what's it going to do to us humans drinking that water?" said Enos Banks, who lives in Vicco.

Clean water is what these people want and deserve.

"We pay good money. It's 90 something dollars a month for water and sewer," said Banks.

Until the issue is fixed, Banks is getting the word out with his video on the Internet.

City officials plan to have the problem fixed by the end of this week.

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