La Vergne Woman Seeks Help After Sewer Back Up

Posted at 9:46 PM, Jan 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-31 23:30:19-05

A homeowner has been looking for answers after a sewer line backed up into her home, and the city said they're not responsible for it.

The sewage back up happened back in November, and Gertrude Phillips and her adult son said they have been living with the effects of it ever since.

They had to rip out a lot of the floors in their own home, and it's caused damage to their heating and cooling system.

Bruce Richardson, the La Vergne city administrator, said a grease and sludge build up in the city sewer line caused the backup into the home, but because they couldn't predict it, the city isn't liable for the repairs.

The La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen has planned to meet on Tuesday to discuss what, if anything, the city can do for Phillips.

In a statement to NewsChannel 5, Richardson said “ultimately it’s up to the homeowner to protect their own property,” but Phillips said she doesn’t buy that answer.

“How can I protect my property if it's a city sewer line?” she said.  “I can't go out there and go down in their manhole. I wouldn't if I could!”

A group of neighbors have come together to help Phillips make some repairs. They've put together a crowdfunding page to raise money.  Click here for a link to that page.