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Sewer nightmare, families face human waste flood in East Cove

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Since 2006, residents in the North Caddo Parish community East Cove have dealt with a boil advisory for their drinking water. It seems the community's sewer is in bad shape, too. Residents say the sewer system in disrepair and is neglected. It's so bad, human waste floods their front lawns. The system's owner has a history of environmental violations.

Eddie and Jean Broussard's retirement home was made in East Cove. It was a place for them to spend the rest of their days. Now they want to leave. Human waste from the East Cove Sewer System keeps backing up into their yard. The couple hasn't been able to get the sewage pump in front of their home fixed. Recent rains caused the waste and its smell to become sickening.

"You couldn't even hardly walk outside," Jean Broussard said. "It smelled like.... Well, you know what it smelled like! It smelled like raw sewer! It was horrible!"

Broussard says the family hasn't received a sewer bill since 2009. They don't know who to turn to for help and believe the owners have abandoned the system.

"Because they are afraid people are going to sue them because our sewer system is in such a bad state," Broussard said.

DHH says John "Rusty" Miller still owns the East Cove Sewer System. He was arrested back in 2012 for dumping sewage from the Miller's Crossing and the East Cove systems into state waters. The Louisiana Secretary of State lists the East Cove Water System as an inactive business. The Broussards believe the state should do something about the system's poor drinking water and sewer because people are getting sick.

"This is community out here and even though it's not inside the city limits, we've moved here and people have moved here with the idea of this is where they are going to live," Broussard said. "All this stuff, the bacteria and stuff, there are so many people that have stomach problems."

DHH says the Mooringsport Water System has absorbed responsibility for the East Cove Water System but not the sewer system. That leaves residents in a sort of limbo. Rusty Miller was arrested in California back in 2012. He was charged with 19 violations of the Louisiana Water Control Law.


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