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Pendleton Neighbors Still Dealing With Sewage Spills

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The exact boundaries of each county are spelled out in state law. One of Union Counties borders is "a dead Spanish oak on the north bank of the Enoree river." The exact boundaries of each county are spelled out in state law. One of Union Counties borders is "a dead Spanish oak on the north bank of the Enoree river."
7 On Your Side asked Mayor Frank Crenshaw when neighbors would see a fix. 7 On Your Side asked Mayor Frank Crenshaw when neighbors would see a fix.
Pendleton, S.C. -

Nelson Passwater is sick of the sludge that passes behind his home.

Passwater lives on Major Street in Pendleton where in a year of heavy rains, the streets flood and the sewers overflow.

“It overflows, they come out and do a little work and correct it, but the ground is wet. You can see it," Passwater said.

On July 10th, 2012 the sewer here erupted. The pollution contaminated the nearby creek which flows into Lake Hartwell.

Back then the city of Pendleton told 7 On Your Side they were investigating the problem and searching for solutions. A year later, neighbors say it still hasn’t been fixed.

“You can call different people to come in and check stuff and the next thing you know it's hush hush and we never did get anything done here," said a concerned neighbor.

7 On Your Side asked Mayor Frank Crenshaw when neighbors would see a fix.

"I think now that we're aware of the problem and we know what the problems are we intend to address them and, from our standpoint, make sure our system is functioning properly," Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw said the real problem is a private septic system still underground that was abandoned when the nearby mill closed.

That system, he said, floods with rainwater and contaminates the nearby city line. Crenshaw said the city planned to seal off that private system and protect the city line from flooding.

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