Gold Hill, Ore. -- Used toilet paper and feces have been spilling out of an overflow sewer line for nearly a month now on the 800 block of 2nd avenue.
Joice Pappe has seen the overflow fill onto her yard.
She's lived on the property for 40 years and says she's never had any major sewer issues in the past.
Pappe went to the city council last week to address her problem but they told her it was something she would have to pay for herself and that it needs to be fixed.
Gold Hill city manager Rick Hohnbaum says because the sewer line is backed up on what is called a lateral line and on private property, the issue needs to be taken care of by the homeowner, or they will face consequences.
He says they have provided a number of resources to help the homeowners out, but cannot cover the cost because the city doesn't own those pipes.
On Monday, Pappe had someone clean up the spill, and unclog the pipes....
But the clean up only buys some time. The pipes will need to be replaced because without new pipes, more debris and the smell that comes with it... could return.
The city suggests conducting yearly maintenance on any sewer lines on your property to avoid a major back up.