Decatur Township man says neighbors’ raw sewage continuously leaks into yard

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DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Ind. - A Decatur Township man says his neighbors have been leaking their raw sewage into his backyard for the past four years.

Darrell Waldrup has lived in his Decatur Township home for 28 years and says his neighbors have continuously allowed their raw sewage to drain into his backyard, creating a nasty mess.

“It comes right down through here, this is all sewage water,” said Darrell Waldrup.

Waldrop says the smell makes him and his neighbors sick.

“The hotter it gets, the worse it smells and it really gets rank out here,” said Waldrop.

The people that answered the door at the property where the issue is allegedly coming from say they do smell the scent of sewage and even compared it to the scent of a dead animal. But, the homeowners say they have done several things to get the problem fixed.

“We just did the work on our septic tank, we have all the receipts to show it,” said Pamela Thurman.

Pamela says she has spent thousands of dollars to resolve clogs with her septic tank in the last few years. But, the scent right at the property line remains a mystery.

“There will be Green flies all over here, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that this is sewage,” said Wladrup.

The Marion County Health Department says they have visited the property multiple times since 2012, and have seen two verified issues that resulted in violations. The health department will not know if today’s problem was a sewage issue until they get the water  test back in a week. The Marion County Health Department tells us they revisited the property five more times in 2014 after the initial complaint and did not observe any septic tank issues.

“As soon as you guys leave here, I will call my plumber and have him back out here to look at this,” said Thurman.

As the neighbors wait for the health department’s results, they are frustrated they will still have to deal with the smell on the property.

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