Nearly 15 homeowners in Spearfish have come together against the city to demand repairs to a problematic sewage problem that has caused raw sewage backup in basements, washing machines, and water heaters.
Kyle Mathis, Spearfish city engineer, says since then, the city has hired an excavating company to take care of the problem. This project will cost $115,000.
The plan is to divert water from the line that caused the backups, to other lines. "If we do have higher flows in that area again, this will hopefully, the way we modeled it, it looks like it will reduce the high flow that currently goes through that area by 30 to 35%," said Mathis.
Larissa Cook is one of the homeowners affected by the raw sewage. She says she thinks diverting water is only a temporary fix and doesn't solve the real problem.
Cook says her basement flooded for the first time in 2008 and she couldn't get help from the city. "It's frustrating that it takes 15 houses that come together, you have to hire a lawyer, put together a class action law suit and threaten the city with it before they're like 'okay we'll look into it.' That's a little ridiculous," said Cook.
Mathis says the cold weather has prevented any work from being done this week, but he hopes things will get rolling Monday or Tuesday of next week.
The project is expected to take 20 days.