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Residents of Memphis Drive in Chattanooga tired of sewage problems

Memphis Drive neighbors in Chattanooga say they're disgusted by an overflowing sewage system on their street.

Memphis Drive neighbors in Chattanooga say they're disgusted by an overflowing sewage system on their street.

Saturday, Public Works crews cleaned up after rain caused a sewer overflow.

Chattanooga's Director of Waste Water Resources says it's an ongoing problem.

Residents there say sometimes the smell from the pump station on their street is so bad they can't even sit outside.

The city started a sewer rehabilitation project a year ago to reline the pipes and prevent future spills. It will also install a seven and a half million gallon storage tank to capture any overflow. Together, they will cost about $13 million.

Despite the plans, some neighbors say it's still not enough.

"That's not going to solve the problem," said Memphis Drive resident Ron McGill, "They need to shut the whole thing down because it's a hazard."

Drake Boscaino, also a resident of Memphis Drive, said, "Toilet paper, condoms, tampons - anything that goes down your toilet or down your drain, or the industrial places across the way - it comes out right here on our ground. We have to be in and breathe it. It's not safe."

Neighbors say they worry about the children and elderly residents getting exposed to the sewage.

The City says its rehab project will end in a few months.

The pump installation will start this August.

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