St. Cloud installs portable showers, toilets after residents report sewage problems

Video: St. Cloud installs portable showers, toilets after residents report sewage problems

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Some homeowners in St. Cloud say sewage is smelling up their neighborhood and homes.

Residents say they are fed up with how the city is handling the drainage issue and that the problem is affecting their way of life.

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“You don’t dare flush you’re going to have it in the house,” said homeowner Allen Straight. “The toilets were backed up. We were within two inches of our toilets overflowing.”

Straight said the sewage issue usually happens after a heavy rain.

“The water was probably over the curb here on New York Avenue,” he said.

And he’s not alone. Most homeowners who live on state-named streets near Lakefront Park in St. Cloud are dealing with similar problems.

City officials are aware. They set up portable bathrooms and showers at the park for those affected to use for free.

They said that somehow storm runoff is getting into sewer lines and that the city is working to fix the issue.

The doors to this portable bathroom and shower facility are closed, but the city will unlock them if needed after the next heavy rain and if the sewage issue continues.