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Water temporarily shut off at re-entry center after sewer pump breaks

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Posted at 8:45 PM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 19:16:31-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — There was a smelly mess in a private corrections facility in Colorado Springs this weekend. The water was temporarily shut-off at Cheyenne Mountain Re-entry Center after two sewer pumps were damaged and broke.

Monica Hook, Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Geo Group which operates the facility, said in a statement to News 5 that temporary provisions including portable toilets and clean drinking water were immediately brought in.

Hook said one of those pumps is now fixed and in-house showers and toilets are usable again.

Patricia Williams of Pueblo told us her son called her last night to say the sewage that backed up was "ankle deep" covering the floor of the correctional facility.

"It's heartbreaking, all of it is, and nobody cares," Williams said. "All I can say is I am going to scream as loud as I can if I have to in order to get somebody to hear me, because it's not right."

Hook anticipates having service fully restored sometime on Monday.

"DOC staff were on-site and pleased with how this situation was managed," she said.

Geo Group owns and/or manages some 133 secure facilities, processing centers, and community reentry centers in the US, Scottland, Australia, and South Africa. Their world headquarters are located in Boca Raton, Florida.