Property Unlivable; Belongings a Total Loss After Rain Pushes Raw Sewage Into Moundsville Apartments


Property owners in an area of Moundsville were left cleaning up on Thursday after the heavy rains caused quite a mess for a number of apartments they own.

Raw sewage popped the manhole cover near the apartments on 8th Street, and backed up into the field adjacent to the buildings. The contamination is so bad that one family had to be relocated. Belongings in the basements of the other apartments were also destroyed. 

Keith Taylor, the maintenance supervisor of the apartments, said he is frustrated because this is not the first time he has had to deal with the issue. He said it was this bad about ten years ago, and it happened four to five years ago on a smaller scale. 

“After I called the city and they sent a crew out, they popped that culvert off and it was just flowing up out of there, raw sewage. There’s also two other culverts, one directly back in the woods and there’s one in this direction here.” he said.

Taylor said water also lays in the woods behind the apartments all year long and he is worried about mosquitoes and the Zika virus this summer. 

He said the line is 12-inches, and he hoped the city would consider putting in a 30-inch line to better accommodate the sewage and heavy rainfall. 

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