Several Brooklyn homes suffer sewage backup

Public Works crews responding

likely issue on city line

May 16, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

Sewage backed up into multiple homes Wednesday night in Brooklyn, bringing city crews out to find the cause, according to Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher.

The problem is affecting four or five homes in the 3700 block of Brooklyn Ave., which likely means there is a problem on a city line, Kocher said.

Kocher said the city responded within two hours of hearing of the problem, and that crews were still assessing the issue and trying to determine the cause late Wednesday.

"We're looking at it to see if there's any kind of engineering issue," he said.

Kocher said the city was currently spending more than $1 billion to repair and replace city-owned sewer lines throughout the city, but that it was unknown how many individual homes have sewage problems.

Because of the city's aging sewage infrastructure, "sewage backups happen every day," Kocher said.

Kocher said he did not know how long it would take for crews to identify the cause of the problem in Brooklyn.

The city clears pipes and pumps sewage from people's homes when the cause of a backup is found to be on a city line, but not if it is located on a homeowner's property, Kocher said.

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