ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of residents in Rochelle, Ga. have filed a federal lawsuit accusing city officials of allowing raw sewage to discharge onto their properties.
Earthjustice attorney Alisa Coe says Rochelle's black and white populations are divided by a set of railroad tracks — with most white residents living south of the tracks and most black residents living on the north side.
Coe says the city has repaired nearly 70-year-old pipes south of the tracks, but hasn't made upgrades to pipes on the north end.
The city's African-American residents say raw sewage has flowed into their houses through bathtub drains, and they've occasionally had to remove plugs from sewage pipes to divert waste to their yards instead of their homes.
A call to the city's attorney was not immediately returned.
Created: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 02:14:59 EST
Updated: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 02:14:59 EST