By Ross Guidotti

VANDERGRIFT (KDKA) — Hancock Street in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, is a lovely place, very picturesque.

But don’t be fooled by appearances, there’s a problem that’s causing raw sewage to pour out of the ground. Neighbors are very upset and want the problem fixed.

It’s in the 200-block of Hancock Street where the sewage is bubbling and spewing out of a vent and onto the sidewalk.

“It pretty much flows down every day,” said the woman who lives right in front of the mess. “It’s disgusting, gross, nasty.”

She asked not to be identified.

“It was like this for a month last month and they came out and fixed it,” she said.

But the repulsive little river quickly returned.

A few doors up, neighbor Shante Travis isn’t surprised because around the time this started happening outside their house, the sewage began backing up into her basement.

“Last month everything got backed up in our basement,” said Travis. “We had toilet paper and sewage in our basement.”

Whoever is responsible, residents say this is unacceptable.

“I don’t want my kid out here,” said Travis.

“[I want] the problem solved so my kids don’t tramp in it or anyone else,” the other neighbor said.

KDKA’s Ross Guidotti spoke to representatives from Vandergrift Borough and they say they intend on have the problem fixed by the end of this weekend.

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