Monday's rainfall led to a nightmare once again on Stonegate Road, where at least three households found themselves dealing with sewage backups.
Martin Senich of 352 Stonegate Road found raw sewage seeping out of his shower drain Monday morning, forcing his wife to shower at her local gym before teaching that morning.
His neighbor Robert Timpe, of 320 Stonegate Road, found sewage oozing in his utility sink, as well, and Timpe said another neighbor has sewage backing up into his shower pipes.
Families along Stonegate Road have been dealing with sewage backup issues since 2007 and although the problem was supposed to have been fixed, they found themselves in the same situation again in 2010.
Town officials have said they believe the problem is caused by illegal sump pumps, hence the creation of a new sump pump ordinance passed during last Monday's Town Council meeting, but residents say the backups are caused by groundwater seeping into the sewers.
"We've been at this for four years now, and the problem is the sewers run too high and the town doesn't want to spend the money to fix it," Timpe said. "We've said it over and over again, this is not a Stonegate Road issue, this is a town issue, and they're not doing anything about it, simply because it's too costly."
Senich said he's dealt with two different town council administrations and so far nothing has changed. He thinks the only way to solve the problem is to dig up the sewer pipes and fix them, which would costly, but necessary.
"We've been getting the same run around for years, saying they'll take care of it, but here I am sitting here again with sewage coming down the shower, and I'm so sick and tired of dealing with this problem," Sencich said. "We're getting screwed, I'm sorry but there's no other way to say it."
Water Pollution Control Superintendent John DeGioia said he'd received two calls from Stonegate residents Monday morning. He said he suspected backup issues would arise because of the rainfall and had arranged for a cleanup company to be stationed in the neighborhood that morning.
"I actually expected a lot more of a problem, but so far two people have called with a very small amount in their basement," De Gioia said. "We are in the process of hiring engineers to determine what's causing the backups, but we suspect very strongly that this is a sump pump issue."
After the 2007 backup, the town paid about $115,000 to the affected homeowners to partially reimburse them for the damage.
Senich and others plan to bring their grievances to the Sewer Committee meeting on March 9.