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|Monmouth Investigates Sewer Blockage
|Part of a newly-resurfaced stretch of Main Street in Monmouth had to be torn back up, after city officials say something happened to cause a sewer to backup -- and it wasn't their fault.
City Administrator Eric Hanson says a resident called City Hall in December because the sewer apparently wasn't working at the person's home. Turns out, he says, lots of investigation later determined that 20-plus feet of the sewer along Main Street close to downtown was blocked full of cement.
Hanson tells WGIL the stretch of sewer was repaired -- but just what happened to cause it is stirring up a lot of debate.
"I would say there is a lot of construction in the area," Hanson said. "People have their thoughts about how it got there. We are doing investigating. We want to be careful in this instance. There's nobody more committed to finding out who's responsible, and having them pay us for the cost of the repair. But we want to be careful. I can reassure you no one is jumping up and down saying 'I did it, I did it.'"
The portion of sewer that was blocked is in the are of Main Street in Monmouth in front of both the Ayerco gas station, and the still-under-construction Walgreens Store. Hanson says it appears cement somehow got through a sewer tile that no one knew was there, causing the blockage.
A stretch of the median there will be milled and resurfaced in the summer. It's currently blocked off for now but has been patched.
(This section of Main Street in Monmouth was torn up in December so that sewer could be repaired. It's across from the new Walgreens being built.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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