Smelly sewage mess in basement has one Williamson family demanding town take action

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WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (WROC) — A smelly situation for one young Williamson family as raw sewage flowed into their basement early last week, the result they say of the town doing pipe work.

Alicia Landgren had six inches of human waste floating around and bubbling up in various parts of the house. She says this all started Monday when the town was doing ground work outside her home. 

“I told them you know, our basement is flooded with sewage,” says Landgren.

She says the town found a collection of random tools and other blockages which caused some kind of rupture in the pipes.

“The chief operator let us use the pump to at least get the water out. But we can’t move forward with getting anything cleaned because we’re waiting on the town’s insurance company to come with an adjustor,” she says.

Basement with raw sewage before it was drained
(Photo courtesy of Alicia Landgren)

And they did Friday morning. But there won’t be any word until after Labor Day. Landgren’s own insurance company says they’ll pay her $2,500, for a $7,500 cleaning job, not including the repair work. She wants the town to come up with the rest. 

“I just feel that something needs to be done and it’s just not fair,” she says.

Unable to afford a hotel, Landgren says she and her husband will have to live with the overpowering smell. Their 20-month-old baby is out of the house with relatives until this can get cleaned up. 

“Not having my child is killing me as a mother,” she says.

The Town of Williamson did tell News 8 this situation has nothing to do with the town at the moment until the insurance companies can assess the situation and come to a conclusion. 

Bathroom in Landgren’s basement bubbling over with sewage
(Photo courtesy of Alicia Landgren)

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