AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A sewage odor has plagued the north end of the Tascosa Acres neighborhood, just off of River Road.
"It gets so bad at our house sometimes, you can't even stay in the house," said concerned resident, Dianna Axton.
Axton has been living in Tascosa Acres for 23 years. She says it's a beautiful neighborhood but the lingering sewage odor has the community down in the dumps.
"I've been putting covers over my drains to try and keep the smell out," said Axton. "It will help a little, but it still seeps in around the edges of the covers for the drains."
Residents, along with Axton say they've been smelling the sewage odor for about a year now. They say the smell comes in waves -- multiple times a day.
"I've had family members and friends ask me what that smell is," said concerned resident, Pat Mullican. "When I explain what it is, I'm embarrassed."
Many of the residents say they've called on the City for help, but claim they aren't doing their duty.
"We hope to get it cleaned up," said Axton. "We have a lot of elderly people that live around here and a lot of them have a lot of health problems. This can't be safe breathing."
The City says the smell is coming from two sewer manholes located behind many of the houses. Director of Utilities, Russell Grubbs, says they placed manhole inserts to prevent storm water from entering. As a result -- trapped air in the lines is slowing escaping -- causing the horrible smell.
Grubbs says they are checking the manholes to see which ones need to be re-sealed to prevent sewer odor from leaking.
"We just think it's unfair that we live in North Amarillo and it's not being taken care of," said Mullican.
The City says they are also working to install traps in the manholes to assist in keeping the sewer odor to a minimum. Not only will they be checking the manholes in this neighborhood, but all throughout the city.
If you have a similar issue in your neighborhood, call Russell Grubbs at 806 378-5270.