Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, February 10 2014 at 6:27 PM, Updated: Mon, February 10 2014 at 6:50 PM
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.
Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.
Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.