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Water leak creates mosquito problem, slip-and-fall hazard

Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 10:28 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2016 at 12:55 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Repairs to Shreveport's crumbling water and sewer systems can't come soon enough for many residents.

Those include some homeowners in the city's Southern Hills subdivision.

"We've had trouble for the last over two years with the line. Too much pressure," said a walking, talking and pointing Whit Vascocu. He's a longtime resident of Clausen Circle in the southwest Shreveport neighborhood.

After seeing city water crews marking off the area in July, he's on a mission to get the latest water line leak repaired. "Yeah, they've been here! They've had to remark it twice because it's gotten torn down!"

Vascocu said he's made repeated calls in the recent past to Councilman James Flurry for help with water leaks and called him again for this latest problem.

"I get more calls on water leaks probably in my district than anything else," Flurry said.

He is encouraged by the current administration's pace to repair the city's aging infrastructure by using money from the 2011 bond issue.

Nonetheless, Flurry urges patience. "You know they're taking certain sections of the town and starting work around. And it's going to be a process."

Back on Clausen Court, Vascocu said the standing water has created prime breeding ground for mosquitoes but also a slip-and-fall hazard.

Slipping is exactly what Vascocu said happened to him this week. "And whenever I slipped, that's whenever I hit my hip."

A water department zone manager told us over the phone that crews will be back out to the area to make the repairs by the middle of next week.

FOR HELP

Shreveport has a 24-hour water or sewer emergency hotline residents
can call to report a problem. The telephone number is (318) 673-7600.

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