Sewage saga continues in Spearfish - KOTA Territory News

Sewage saga continues in Spearfish


Multiple homeowners who live in Spearfish are not happy with how the city is handling the latest sewage backups on 8th street.

Drainage from snow melt from the early Oct. blizzard filled sewer pipes to the max, causing many basements septic tanks and bathtubs to overflow.

"It was up to almost the third step and so I went down and got the sup pumps and started pumping it out," said Dale Frasier. "Once it was all pumped out I had to scrape about three to four inches of human waste off the floor."

This isn't the first time people who live on 8th street have had to deal with sewage lines backing up into their homes.

Some homeowners faced the same problem following heavy rainfall at the end of May.

But city council members say they are just hearing about the May 31st incident for the first time.

"We weren't made aware of the previous issues of backup on the 8th street since recently," said Ward 3 Councilman David Baker.

Homeowners blame city official for the recent flooding history on 8th street, some say they experienced the same thing in 2008 and 2011.

Both the city and those who have expressed their frustrations will have the opportunity to hear each other out at a special city council meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.

"Being there for our people is what we're here for," said Baker.

A class action suit could be forthcoming because homeowners say the damages are in the thousands and the city could have prevented this long ago. However, attorney John Fitzgerald of Rapid City, who is representing at least a couple of the homeowners said they have until the end of November to provide others to sign on if they choose to.







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