Leaky Sewer Lines Sicken Odessa Neighborhood

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Puddles of sewer water leaking into homes in one Odessa neighborhood are making
the tenants sick. Now after months of waiting things may soon be turning around for angry residents.

"Water coming in, running around, running into a ditch, kids, I mean, on our shoes, it's been bad," Neighbor, Quennette Fierro, said.

Neighbors in the Vista West Mobile Home Ranch off 38th and Golder say the sewer lines started leaking about 6 months ago flooding homes and roadways.

"There's human feces on the floor, it stinks, you can't even come outside, the kids can't come outside," Resident, Veronica Chavez, said. "We have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and the kids can't even enjoy playing outside because of this smell. It's just bad."

"It gets into our grass, then from under the trailor, you can smell it coming in our house," Fierro said. "We're like, something stinks! What is it? With the heat, it smells. When you're sitting down for dinner everybody is like, Mom it stinks. It's getting to the point that we can't even eat."

Quennette says her family has been sick for several weeks stumping their doctor. She says she pled with management every day to get the water lines fixed but nothing was ever done. And after 6 months the Fierro family decided to pack their bags.

"We finally decided to move out, because it's not getting done," Fierro said. "I went and said enough is enough. My kids are sick, we're all congested."

But it wasn't until Tuesday when they called local media and moved out that things started to change. The management began fixing the leaks on Tuesday afternoon.

"They don't want to fix it until this happens, until someone gets called and someone takes action upon it," Chavez said. "It's sad is what it is."

NewsWest 9 caught up with the community's maintenance director. He tells NewsWest 9, the problem started with the old management. But just in the past month a new staff was hired and right now they're just trying to clean up the mess.

"Nobody wants to look at this or smell this and I really don't want to have to deal with it, so the sooner they get it fixed they sooner everybody will be happier," Maintenance Director Terry Benson, said.

Management says they want tenants to know they're promising a resolution.

"If I had to live with that, I'd probably get sick too," Benson said. "I understand that and I'm sorry about how it is. There's not much we can do. We've been here less than a month and we are getting it fixed for them. As you see, people are moving out because of it. I'm hoping we can keep the rest here by getting it fixed and maybe this will be the end of it."

"Obviously they're getting it fixed, but it's a moment too late," Chavez said. "We'll see what happens."

Other neighbors NewsWest 9 spoke with say they're also concerned for the safety of the surrounding apartment and housing communities they say the water frequently runs into those nearby areas. The management tells NewsWest 9, they're trying to find a solution but it may be a week or two before the water lines can be repaired.