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TCEQ investigating sewage spill into drainage ditch in Port Arthur

Citizens living nearby contacted KFDM/Fox 4 and what we found was a pretty disgusting sight with an extremely foul odor just off 46th Street in Port Arthur, not far from Twin City Highway. (Photos by Kevin Fitch, KFDM/Fox 4)

Sewage is seeping out into a drainage ditch in Port Arthur and onto surrounding areas.

Citizens living nearby contacted KFDM/Fox 4 and what we found was a pretty disgusting sight with an extremely foul odor just off 46th Street in Port Arthur, not far from Twin City Highway.

There's a geyser of sewage spewing, which has also led to an investigation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It's pouring into a nearby drainage ditch and it's not an isolated spot.

There are major businesses nearby and also an apartment complex.

Kiven Young lives near the sewage spill and he worries about his children.

"Behind 5Point, going to Walmart, we walk that way going to the store," Young said. "It's the fastest way walking this way. As soon as you walk behind 5Point, if you look in the field, you see the drain and there's nothing but sewage coming out of it and it smells bad back there."

Young said his children like to play in the water when they take that route, but this could be harmful.

"When they see water, they want to go play in it," he said. "They want to kick up the water, splash in it. You can't do that, though, because all of the sewage. They'd get sick."

Young is not alone. We received several complaints from citizens.

We saw the toilet paper, as Young pointed out as evidence of the sewage. There's was also feces, and even a condom.

A TCEQ spokesman told us the agency is investigating in response to a complaint it received this week regarding discharge into a drainage ditch.

"It's contaminated," Young said. "When does contamination stop."

Young is pleased to hear the TCEQ is taking action. But there's growing frustration with the city and he has this message to Port Arthur leaders.

"Until somebody gets off their behind and actually moves, nothing's going to get accomplished," Young said.

We've also heard from hunters and fishermen concerned that the sewage will seep into bayous and other area waterways causing harm to wildlife.

We've reached out to the city of Port Arthur and a spokesperson told us she would check with public works. We're awaiting a response.

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