CRYSTAL CITY, MO (KTVI)– Jim Laiben compares the odor around his back yard to what an outdoor bathroom would smell like.
He shared with us home video that shows sewer water backing up out of a manhole and running onto his property.
He lives near the Crystal City VFW. Laiben says the problem started in February.
City leaders say they are aware of the problem and are working to fix it. They blame flood waters, pointing out that the sewage plant has treated more than 4 times the normal amount of water on some days.
Laiben doesn`t buy it. He`s lived on the property for more than 50 years and says even during the big flood of 1993, he never saw a sewage backup like the one he sees now.
“I just want this problem corrected,” he said. “I`m 84 years old and I don`t think I should have to put up with this.”