Sewage Floods Niagara Falls Homes

October 14, 2011 Updated Oct 14, 2011 at 8:20 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Kendra Eaglin

October 14, 2011 Updated Oct 14, 2011 at 8:20 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY ( WKBW ) When City of Niagara Falls workers came to fix a sewage problem Thursday morning on 72nd street, residents thought their problems were over, but that was far from the case.

The initial problem had to do with the sewer and water lines connected to at least two homes on 72nd street. When workers came to fix the problem they accidentally hit a water line that sent raw sewage flooding into the two homes.

Frank Bosley lives in one of those homes. He normally does laundry in his basement,

"All this, all this right here is all main sewage. Raw sewage that just came right up," Bosley said describing the floor of his basement.

Early Thursday morning city workers showed up to finally fix the long standing sewage problem Bosley and his neighbors have been complaining about for the past year.

"I started getting sick to my stomach. I started throwing up everyday. I couldn't keep food down," said Anthony Gualano who lives in one of the homes.

Gualano's doctor conducted a series of tests and determined it was his exposure to contaminated air and water in his home that was making him sick.

Last year, the city completed a major road improvement project on 72nd street. But the city engineer Jefferey Skurka admits a crucial mistake was made.

"When they did the road project last year they installed the new sewer line and somehow the sanitary lateral for the two houses got missed," said Skurka.

Mayor Paul Dyster found out about the problem last week and sent the crew to repair several underground pipes Thursday that were supposedly the root of the problem. But that didn't go so well either.

"I thought they were supposed to dig over farther and more towards across the street and they decided to try right here and it wasn't the right spot. They didn't know where the sewer line was," said Kim Gualano who also lives in one of the homes.

After digging a massive hole in the ground the workers accidentally broke a water service line connected to a water main which sent sewage splashing all over the Gualano and Bosley homes.

The city has agreed to pay for the residents to stay at a local hotel for the night and will also pay for their homes to be professionally cleaned.