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Century-old neighborhood pipeline in need of repair

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

For years neighbors in Hein Park have complained on deaf ear to Memphis City Council members about sewage backing up into their basements.

But with a $600,000 sewage repair project on the table, it would seem someone is finally listening.

"we're an old established neighborhood but that doesn't mean we don't need the same services that a new neighborhood would need," said Corrinne Lane. "In fact, maybe we need it more because things are worn out."

Most of Lane's neighbors have lived in the area for years. Roger Bransford said after 22 years he's never dealt with any sewage problem, unlike his neighbors who live even directly across the street from him.

"I haven't but I've seen a lot of sewer trucks, plumbers doing work for other people," Bransford said.

The main problem is the pipe that runs along the back of 60 homes in the neighborhood. It has shifted in some places and it's cracked. Some residents have had to deal with raw sewage in their homes from a pipe that is nearly 100 years old.

The city will work only on six homes at a time to repair the old Terra Cotta sewage line, hoping to minimize disruption in plumbing.

"We will be lining the main line between one manhole and the next manhole," said Dwan Gillom, public works director. "When that lining is occurring, those six homes will be without indoor plumbing."

It does mean for those homeowners there will be no indoor plumbing for possibly 12 hours, if not longer.

Public works reps will meet with neighbors to figure out what can be done to during the hours they're without plumbing.

"Some of the council members suggested we go in an install porta-potties," Gillom said. "Residents may not want that and we will look at other options."

Most of the homeowners say after dealing with problem for so many years, 12 hours is barley an inconvenience.

"I have plenty of friends around here," Lane said. "I think I can go camp out at a neighbors house that is not being affected, or one of  my children. Whatever, they need to do it needs to be fixed."

"If we worried too much about whether we have plumbing for 12 hours, we've got a pretty good life," Bransford said.

There will be a Hein Park Neighborhood Association meeting Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at 675 Center Dr., to discus the sewage line repair.

There will be a Hein Park Neighborhood Association meeting Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at 675 Center Dr., to discus the sewage line repair.

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