May 23, 2011 5:53 PM by Matt Stafford

Widefield still not sure what caused sewer backup

Neighbors in Widefield are still cleaning out their basements after a sewer leak this weekend.

The City of Widefield is saying they still don't know what cause sewage to back up into eight homes along Widefield Boulevard on Friday.

City officials say they had people responding to clean up the mess within 15 minutes. After checking, they say their lines are clear.

Neighbors this weekend told News First 5 they were upset because Widefield was only paying for clean up and sanitation -- not damages.

For balanced coverage we asked the City of Widefield, what's covered?

"The cleanup and the sanitation of the removal of the waste and to sanitize the area," explains Mark McCormack, a manager for Widefield Water and Sanitation. "We don't have funding to cover people's furniture and those types of things. We're a quasi-municipality; we're indemnified and held harmless of any personal damage and liability through the state." Mark McCormack, Widefield Water and Sanitation

McCormack says they plan to run more cameras through the line to make sure they didn't miss any problems.


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