Sewage Treatment Plant Also Recovers

Victims Deal with Raw Sewage

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 15, 2006 at 12:10 AM EDT

Some people had water, others had something else, raw sewage.
Don Andrejko had three feet of it in his basement.
He says it was bubbling out of the street drains and invading his neighbors' homes.
In his house, sewage was spurting out of the sink and toilet.
"It was terrible. We could see it all on the floors and the stench like I said. It was just raw sewage. The sink was full of raw sewage. The toilet, the top of the toilet and the floor was just disgusting," he said.
The sewage most likely came from the Binghamton Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant in Vestal.
Due to flooding, the plant dumped raw, untreated sewage into the Susquehanna River for six days.
The plant's operating at 50 percent now, but with more than 20 million dollars in damage it will take a year to be at peak capacity.
Health officials are still warning people to avoid recreational activities in the water because of health risks.

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