LOGAN — Raw sewage continues to drain into the road at Mt. Gay, and a tangle of municipal, county, state and private institutions and the duties to which they are bound will seemingly have to be resolved before action is taken.
The problem of human waste continually draining into the road in front of the Auto Zone at Mt. Gay has reportedly persisted throughout much of the summer and has produced a jolting hole in the road filled with waste through which vehicles continually travel and splash. Both the hill the sewage drains down and the road below have become tinged with a dull neon green color, and the odor of human waste wafts through the air and assaults the senses.
On July 31, The Logan Banner reported being contacted by a concerned citizens regarding the possibility of sewage draining into the road at Mt. Gay. A representative from the Department of Highways arrived to inspect the site July 30 and confirmed to this reporter the liquid draining into the road is indeed raw sewage and stated something will be done to remedy the problem.
The point of egress for the sewer seems be a drainage culvert or old sewer line that runs through the Auto Zone parking lot then under the road to the creek. The section of the Auto Zone parking lot the culvert runs under was recently paved apparently causing the collapse of the drainage culvert into which the sewage is draining causing the sewage to back up and eventually spew into the road.
While it is the responsibility of the Logan County Health Department to ensure everyone is connected to the sewer system, other institutions and organizations also have a hand in the water system in the Mt. Gay area. The City of Logan Water Department runs water to the area and the Logan County Public Service District is responsible for the sewer.
When reached for comment on the situation, William Baisden, general manager of the Logan County Public Service District said, “We are currently working with the Logan County Health Department to provide them with a list of people who have not yet connected to the sewer.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]