Sloshing through sewage for years

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Folks in one New London apartment say they have been living with a flooded floor from the bathtub and toilet for years and they may need to find a new place to live.

“This toilet, it backs up, goes over,” said Brenda Lamont. “The toilet, it backs up, goes over, and the sink the same thing.”

Possibly having the building condemned so repairs are made may actually be a blessing for Brenda Lamont who says sewage from all the units in this Thompson Court apartment house often flows into her basement unit because of a blocked sewer pipe to the street.

You can see from the bottom of the door how high that dirty water has risen. Glenda Gilliam lives upstairs.

“It covers the carpet,” Gilliam said. “It comes up out of the tub. It’s almost like the water’s possessed, it comes out of everywhere.”

Bob Lamont laughed when asked if the landlord has offered help to possibly relocate. We called the landlord ourselves but were told the number Lamont gave us was wrong. We then left a message at the landlord’s house.

We were able to talk to the building inspector who tells News 8 the landlord did clear the pipe temporarily but since roots may have grown through it permanent repairs will need to be made and the city will make sure they are.

Meanwhile, Lamont says he’s stuck where he is, unable to afford to live anywhere else.

In addition to the toilet and the tub backing up, there’s a whole other problem in the bathroom. Turning on the faucet causes a leak in the pipe. We will stay on this problem and the other problems as well and let you know when they get fixed.

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