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Neighbors crying foul over stinky smell

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Something is stinking up a central Kentucky neighborhood. The smell apparently came after the city of Lexington demolished three homes, off Cold Stream Court, in the Gainesway neighborhood, to help with flood control.

The city hired a contractor to spread a dark brown mixture containing manure across the three lots where the homes once stood. Unfortunately, as temperatures soared into the lower nineties this week, an unwanted smell came along with it.

"It was the worst on Monday," said Barry Frazelle. "You couldn't even be outside. The smell was, knock you down."

Crews have dumped truck loads of clay on the empty lot to suppress the smell, and earlier this week lime was spread over the area.

"We try to respond as quickly as possible, as appropriately as possible, to resolve the odor complaint," Mark York said.

York serves as the spokesman for the Department of Environmental Quality & Public Works in Lexington. He called the situation "Unacceptable."

"We apologized to the residents for that odor issue that came up. It's obviously not something we want to happen as well," said York.

He says the goal is to have the project completed by the end of the week.

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