Del Rey neighborhood residents ask city to investigate ‘bubbling sump pit’ in unoccupied home
DEL REY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Residents of a Del Rey neighborhood are disgusted and searching for answers as a giant trash-filled hole in front of an abandoned home continues to cause a foul smell.
“It’s sewage,” said a resident who wished to remain anonymous. “I can’t even be outside at night.”
The property has become a “biohazard”, according to neighbors, calling the hole a “bubbling cesspool”.
The house has been vacant for over three years.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that every time they used their plumbing, sewage squirted out of the hole, giving off a foul smell.
Some locals say they get sick from it.
“I am sorry for [the person next door] because it just blows through her windows,” said Kathleen Reid-Villa, who lives directly across from the abandoned house.
She said she felt a heavy dose of the smell every time she crossed the street.
“My dog is sick, I feel bad,” said the resident who wished to remain anonymous. “I tried to speak to everyone listed in municipal services, from sanitation to waste water management. Waste water management came out, came into a look and called me back to say that it was not a systemic problem.”
Eyewitness News spoke to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works who said that if there is a sewer problem on private property, it’s up to the property owner to fix the problem, not the town.
ABC7 has searched for the owner, listed as Green Lotus Group LLC. Eyewitness News called the company but did not receive a response.
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