It was a tide of mud flowing past Sonja Roesch’s home and business in Midtown that made her turn her nose.
“It’s terrible,” exclaimed Roesch, owner of the Sonja Roesch Gallery, an art gallery and residential space, located in the 2300 block of Caroline Street.
Roesch said he first noticed a stench and dark-colored liquid coming from the ground last fall after teams began a rebuilding project on Caroline Street in September.
“We first noticed that the storage room was flooded with stinky liquid. We couldn’t understand what was going on, ”she said.
Roesch’s son-in-law determined that the problem was a raw sewage leak from a pipe. Roesch then hired a plumber to sniff out the deal.
“The plumber used a camera and detected under the sidewalk, under the street, a construction, a shoe or something that was wrong,” Roesch said.
Roesch said the break appeared in part of the pipe that existed off his property – and directly on the way to the construction project. She said she contacted the project’s contractor, JD Abrams LP, but heard nothing initially. She then contacted the City of Houston Public Works Department.
“The town team went out three times, I think, until they found the broken pipe under the construction,” she said.
The rebuilding of Caroline Street is a TxDOT project, and JD Abrams LP is the contractor hired to do the job. Roesch said teams from the company came in December to fix the leak, but the solution was found to be temporary.
“They started the day before Christmas, digging in the ground and trying to fix it. Since then, since Christmas, nothing has happened.
In a statement to KPRC 2, a spokesperson for TxDOT said the agency was aware of the leak and would work to resolve it.
“Unfortunately, after the initial repair, our teams noticed that there was still some reinforcements. Our teams will be on site in a day or two to investigate again. We are working diligently to resolve this issue as soon as possible, ”wrote Deidrea George, Public Information Officer for TxDOT – Houston District.
Sonja Roesch hopes for an early resolution.
She said officials from the Houston health department regularly visited the address to document the leak. She is worried about her health because the problem persists.
“Because it’s a sewer backup, it’s a kind of health problem. That’s why the health department got involved and made it a priority ticket and the department goes out regularly – every other day – and checks it, ”Roesch said.
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