Foul Odor Sends a Few Fleeing from Culver Homes
November 18, 2010
A backed-up sewer main sent nasty fumes into the air around the intersection of Lucerne and Duquesne avenues on Friday, Nov. 12, reportedly forcing a few people from their homes to escape the stench.
The Public Works Department dispatched a team to the intersection and quickly cleared the blockage, a department spokesman said, and the foul odors were likely released after the sewer was cleared. Residents in the area who decided to stay in their homes faced a dilemma: Would it be better to open their doors and windows in an effort to let the smell out, or would it make matters even worse by letting even more of the stinky air in?
It was at least the third setback that the city’s aging infrastructure has suffered in as many weeks. In late October, a broken water main send as much as two feet of water onto some streets in the Sunkist Park area and another busted pipe dumped thousands of gallons onto several blocks near the intersection of Lucerne and Higuera Street.