VILLAGE OF LANCASTER, N.Y. -- Five homeowners have been cleaning up after raw sewage backed up into their basements last week, and they believe work being done by the village is to blame.
The residents live near the corner of Richmond and Oxford, which is near Como Park Elementary School.
Last week, village crews used a jet pump to clear out a blockage in the sewer lines. Sharon Zimpfer says that's when the sewage backed into her basement.
"It was awful," she said of the smell. "It was just like you're imagining."
Across the street, the same thing happened in the basement of Cindy Schuler. She was in Florida attending a funeral, and didn't know of the problem for days.
"You could smell it as soon as you walked up my sidewalk to the back of my house," Schuler said. "I didn't even have to open my doors."