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Commerce City homes flood with sewage water

5:59 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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"When I woke up this morning, I had a tub full of brown water, all that good stuff" said Wesley Spriggs, Commerce City resident. "Everything was just coming back up."

A water main break is to blame - which flooded the sewage lines and forced raw sewage up into many people's basements.

"As soon as I stepped down there, it was just about six inches of water down there," said Arturo Alderete, Commerce City resident. "Frightening to see my house like that."

Alderete's in a basement bedroom. 8-year-old Jacob says he lost everything.

"I had my bed, my clothes, my video games," said Jacob.

Workers with the South Adams County Water and Sanitation went door-to-door talking to residents about the flooding.

"Our priorities here is one to get that main break fixed and get that taken care of," said Jim Jones, district manager with South Adams County Water. "Two, help them clean up. That's the main thing we are trying to do right now."

Jones brought out a private contractor to assess the damage, although it is not clear yet how much the city will have to replace.

Residents are worried that personal property will not be replaced.

"This is messed up, you know. It's really messed up," said Spriggs.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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