Update: Blackfoot Collapsed Sewer Line Fixed

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Updated: 1/28 1:56 pm
UPDATE: Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue says the city sewer line that collapsed a week ago has been fixed.

Virtue says the city made automated emergency phone calls alerting residents on Saturday that they could resume using water normally.

Virtue added that it's still too early to tell just how much fixing this collapsed line will cost the city.

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On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration has seen it all and the leaking situation in Blackfoot is as bad as it gets.

“It is probably one of the worst ones that I’ve seen,” said Jeremy Hobley of On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration.

At least seven homes along this stretch of Riverton Road are facing flooding that ranges from a couple of inches to several feet of raw sewage in their basements.

This home only had a couple of inches seep in but the timing, while never good, could not have been worse. The homeowners had just moved everything into their basement so that they could finish an expansion on the main level.

Across the street, the sewage oozed out of a bathroom sink. Last night, a four foot deep sea of the stuff destroyed pictures, genealogy work and everything else in its path. This morning, the waters had subsided enough to allow workers from On-the-Spot to see what they’ll be dealing with. But before they can do any of that, they need the problem to be fixed by the city.

“At this point all we can do is just wait,” said Hobley. “We are not allowed to pump the water out because if we pump it back into the drains it’s just going to come right back up into the house. We are waiting for the city to fix the main lines so that we can actually extract the water and then start doing our demolition. Everything needs to come out of the house.”

Morale is improving and Hobley says just as there are stages of grief, the reactions are similar when finding your flooded.

“The initial stage when you first find a flood or whatever is shock and you are distraught and everything,” continued Hobley. “But as the process comes along, they’ve become very helpful and very understanding and that’s where we are right now.”

The city’s insurance company will be footing the bill for this and so it’s important that you contact the city if your property has been affected by the sewage leak.

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