Iberville parish trailer park could have contaminated groundwater along LA 405

Residents concerned

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:22pm

PLAQUEMINE, La (WVLA) -- An Iberville parish trailer park could be to blame for groundwater contamination along LA 405. DHH officials say the owner of the now-vacant Savonne Mobile Home Park was cited for operating the property with a broken pipe.

Officials say it was leaking raw sewage into the ground for an undetermined amount of time. Parish officials say they worry the wastewater from the pipe could have polluted groundwater, local waterways, and wells in the area.

The 30-year-old trailer park was recently shut down and no longer recieves public water. Health and environmental experts say the problem has been fixed, but residents in the area are still concerned.

Katarina Stevenson lives down the road from the trailer park. "That could be unhealthy for us. That could be unhealthy for the animals," say says. "It's just really gross if you think about it."

Linda Melancon has lived in Plaquemine since 1982. She says she has always worried about contaminated water in the parish. "We already have water problems in Plaquemine and we don't need anymore."

Parish officials say the don't police areas looking for water and sewage problems. Instead, they rely on complaints from the public. They urge residents to report problems and concerns about water quality to the parish.

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