Sewage ends up in basements due to sewer blockage

Posted at 9:57 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 11:57:36-04

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    WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) — Part of a road in West Hartford is flooded by a blocked sewer on Wednesday morning.

The break was reported on Linbrook Road near Fern Street.

Roughly 20 homes were impacted, according to the Metropolitan District Commission.

Several homeowners informed the MDC that there was wastewater in their basements.

One reported 4 feet of sewage in his basement.

The MDC is coordinating with a contractor for water removal and cleanup.

“Typically, when a sewer blockage is suspected, the first step is to begin ‘bypass pumping,’ [which is] pumping wastewater around the potentially blocked area of sewer so as to continue safe, sanitary wastewater service while working to locate and relieve the possible blockage,” said Kerry Martin, assistant to the chief executive officer, MDC. “This also allows crews to get a clearer picture of the condition of the sewer and possible cause of any blockage.”

A portion of Linbrook Road has been blocked off.

There’s no word on what caused the blockage.

“An MDC contractor performed sewer pipe restoration work in the Linbrook Road area in the summer of 2018,” Martin said. “MDC’s contractor is working with staff to complete the investigation and determine the cause of the current issue.”

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