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Vandals suspected in Tarpon Springs sewage spill

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Linda Flowers Linda Flowers
Broken pipe caused sewage overflow near homes in Tarpon Springs Broken pipe caused sewage overflow near homes in Tarpon Springs

Linda Flowers wants to leave her Tarpon Springs home after sewage over flowed into her yard for the third time in the past six months.

"I check beside the house and it's coming up again, walk out here and its coming up the manholes in the road again," said Flowers.

The city of Tarpon Springs is pointing to vandals as the cause of the most recent overflow after they reported a battery on a pump was stolen and controls were tampered with. City crews, along with contractors were able to stop the overflow within hours.

The temporary pumps are parked in the middle of East Spruce Street where Flowers lives to keep sewage moving as the city works to repair a broken sewer line. The line broke in August causing sewage to overflow then.

"I'm very upset, I am in limbo. We are concerned about our health. There's a lot of long term problems with our health that could come up," said Flowers who has lived in her home since the 1970s.

The city said Thursday they've provided clean-up and preventative shots at the health department for Flowers and her family.

Carlene Batman said this week's overflow almost pushed her over the edge.

"I was so lividly frustrated, it just keeps going on. We can’t get answers from the city," said Batman.

The city said the construction is taking longer than expected because of older crumbling pipes. They expect the project to be completed by March.

Until then, homeowners along east Spruce are anxious for the situation and the stench to be resolved.

"They need to get this resolved or turn the sewer system over to Pinellas County and let them take care of it," said Batman.

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