Water treatment plant breach leaves sewage smell in Horry County neighborhood

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Flood cleanup continues in parts of Horry County. Residents on Jackson Bluff Road say they can’t seem to get rid of the smell.

“It smells like sewage…it’s terrible,” said Mary Margaret Preston.

Preston’s home had nearly two feet of water inside during the flood. It’s all gone down, but not without leaving an odor.

“You can’t stay long because it’s so horrible,” explains Preston.

Mold fills Preston’s house from the floor to the ceiling. A brown stain lines the white walls.

“We’re just trying to take inventory of what we do have,” stated Preston. “We are very devastated not only because of the flood, but because of the waste water sludge plant emptying onto our property.”

Preston is referring to waste from the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority. The plant is located two miles up the road from her home. Representatives with the utility company told News13 off camera, that a drainage pond had overflowed from too much rain. They notified DHEC within 24 hours, but could do nothing to prevent the overflow until the rain stopped.

Preston says she was not notified of the spill and has yet to see anybody from Grand Strand Water and Sewer come to the community to effort a clean-up.

“I don’t care if you disinfect it upteen times, there is no way we can live here,” Preston exclaims.

Representatives with Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority say the drainage pond that overflowed was not filled with raw sewage. They also told News13 they haven’t received any complaints about the overflow and if someone has a complaint, the company will address it.

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