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Raw Sewage Backup Hits LES Housing Complex Again

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New York City Housing Authority tenants at the Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side say untreated sewage is once again flowing near the entrance to their building.

The latest overflow started Sunday evening.

A broken plumbing system causes untreated sewage to back up in the basement, then overflow into tenants' bathrooms, into a lobby area near mailboxes, and near the entrance.

Many say it's a real threat to their health.

"This is E-Coli, this is Hepatitis C. If you step on this you bring it into your house, your children can get sick," said one tenant.

"It's nerve racking cause you smell it, it's in the house smelling like that, it's time to get it fixed," said another tenant.

"It's like a nightmare man. It's just terrible you got to hold your nose, you got to tell your kid to watch out, everybody's just holding their nose every morning. It's ridiculous," noted a third tenant.

NY1 first reported about this problem in 2010.

NYCHA says they washed and disinfected the area where the latest problem occurred, but they did not comment on the residents desire for a long term solution to the problem.

When NY1 reported the problem again last February, NYCHA said the waste lines were expected to be completely replaced on March 4.

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