Wheeling residents are taking action after issues with sewage and drainage they feel are causing problems in their neighborhoods.
Residents in Ward 4 and Ward 5 are starting a petition, urging the city to complete the promised sewer project.
Homeowners said they’ve experienced flooding and backup over the last year and were told the project would be started by early 2018.
“It’s a health issue. It’s a financial issue,” said Sean Duffy, who lives in Edgewood. “It’s a stress issue living with this every time it rains wondering if it’s going to come up through the sewer line and flood thd basement.”
The city said earlier this week that it has been cleaning drains so they don’t get backed up, but people who live in those two wards say it’s not enough.
“There’s debris, that’s an issue, but we know and the city knows and has admitted that there’s a structural issue that this will continue to happen whether it’s clear or not,” Duffy continued.
He also said the petition is being drafted to let the city know that the sewer project is a priority for those who live in Wheeling.
Those behind the petition will be going door to door in the coming weeks asking for signatures and support.
“We’re hard working people. We’re taxpayers, homeowners and we vote and we voted for people that we believe would represent our best interests. I think they are,” Duffy said. “I don’t think there’s enough money. We have to figure this out though as a community and we just want action to be taken and for them to communicate with us.”