Town of Hamden still hasn’t fixed pipe that’s ruining 92-year old woman’s yard

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A 92-year old Hamden woman told News 8 that she can’t sleep at night because of the smell of rotten leaves and runoff water from a clogged pipe that she said the town owns.

Maureen Roberts lives on Norman Road near Laurel View Country Club. When News 8 aired her story three weeks ago, she was hopeful that the mess would be gone. The town of Hamden told News 8 it would be having a meeting to discuss the drainage issues on Norman Road that are causing the smell, the mess and the mosquitoes in Roberts’ backyard.

“I had company for Memorial Day and we couldn’t go outside anymore,” Roberts said.

That was on May 26th. Neighbors say there was still no sign of the Department of Public Works officials even after News 8 had been in contact with that department, the mayor’s office, the town engineer and even the town attorney’s office which said no comment.

The question they’ve been debating is whether the town owns the problem pipe.

Two DPW workers finally came to the neighborhood on May 30th and cleared these drains, but Maureen and her nephew, John McHale say the problem is far from being fixed.

“The main drain that’s causing the problem [they’ve done] nothing about,” McHale said.

The Town Engineer told News 8 that there was still a question as to who should be responsible for fixing that pipe.

“The only thing that’s changed is the water is dried up,” McHale said. “The mosquitoes are pretty bad and if it rains again this week, we’ll be back to where we were three weeks ago.”

“The river doesn’t flow backwards. It flows forward,” Roberts said.

Maureen says this will also mean keeping her windows closed on the hot days that are ahead.

McHale says it’s not just his 92 year-old aunt who he’s worried about. Two houses up, you can see children live here and their parents are terrified to let them play outside.

Neighbors say the water is several feet deep.

The bottom line is that McHale says this mess could cause even bigger problems if not taken care of.

“I think it’s their responsibility,” McHale said. “Absolutely.”

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