SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Imagine coming home from a hard day’s work only to discover a construction crew tearing up your backyard.
That’s what happened this week to a Shreveport man.
And while that work is part of mandatory improvements to the city’s sewer line, the homeowner’s shock and surprise were not part of the plan.
“As we were coming up the driveway, the first thing I noticed was on the side yard here was the big ruts in my sod," Craig Spence said, recounting the very unpleasant discovery he made Tuesday night at his home in the city’s Broadmoor neighborhood.
“And I’m like, ‘What the heck?’”
Even more surprises awaited Spence when he went into his backyard.
“There was one excavator digging; the other one was sitting here right next to it. And then all this sod has been torn up.”
Spence said the out-of-state contractor told him their work is part of sewer line upgrades as part of the federal consent decree to make mandatory improvements. A key intersection of those sewer lines happens to be in Spence’s backyard.
“And they’re working on putting this manhole in there. And I’m like, ‘What are you guys doing?’ And they said, ‘Well we, you know, we’re putting in this new manhole.’ And that’s the information I get.”
As it turns out, Spence is not the only one going through this experience.
In fact, right next door is the next manhole.
And Richard Willett describes being shocked at what he saw, as well.
"Because we just got the note. We never did talk to anybody,” said Spence’s next-door neighbor.
Spence said the same thing happened to them, having found a note left on his front door.
City spokeswoman Africa Price told KSLA News 12 that it appears the contractor did not follow proper procedures and that the city is looking into it.
Price said it’s her understanding that the contractor is supposed to have an in-person conversation with someone before the work gets underway.
Spence said he’s been told a separate crew is expected to return for cleanup.
He just wants to make sure other homeowners don’t get the same kind of surprise he did.