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City of Opelousas says they're working to solve sewer stench in neighborhoods

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     A familiar sensation, typically accompanied by a pleasant breeze, the aroma wafting from Oak Street and Leo is anything but welcome.

     "People come around here and they be going like this and gagging," says neighbor Fred Darby.

     "Its a hideous smell, its like sewage, just raw sewage," says another neighbor, Kimble Guilbeaux.
     It's not just one spot either.

     "It maybe travels to different neighborhoods because different people have complained about this in different areas; the people are just getting frustrated, they're getting fed up and they just want something done about it," says Guilbeaux.
     City officials tell us they know what's wrong and a solution is in the works.

     "I can tell you that the smell they saw over the last couple of days is a direct effect of what happened with the damage at Oak Street and Leo. What happened is the foundation collapsed and it caused some of the sewer lines to be damaged," says Opelousas Chief Administrative Officer Rod Sias.

     Officials say this is due to flooding and erosion over time.

     The reason the smell is so widespread is this particular lift station affects about a third of the sewer lines in the city.

     "And so when that pressure is not functioning correctly you're going to get that back smell and that's what the citizens of Opelousas have been smelling," says Sias.
     The repair project, Sias says, is scheduled to start Tuesday, and the city believes it will alleviate the stench.

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