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Stench of Sewage in RV Park Ruining Winter Texan's Stay

3 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 28 2018 Feb 28, 2018 February 28, 2018 5:46 PM February 28, 2018 in News

DONNA – A Winter Texan residing in Donna says her yard stinks due to a sewage problem behind her home.

Janet Rader retired after 30 years with the federal government. She says since then, she’s been traveling from Iowa to Donna for the season.

Rader loves the outdoors. She says she does not want to be up north during frigid winter months.

"I want to relax, I have a home here, I want to walk my dog," she says.

But activities around her home this season have been disrupted.

Rader says two months ago, she noticed an overwhelming stench behind her mobile home. When she went to go check her backyard, she saw holes forming in the ground filled with sewer waste.

"This is absolutely terrible. Let alone the stink and the health problems that you get from it, we have wild dogs. We have dogs in the park that are very much attracted to this," she adds.

She says for two months, she's not been able to enjoy the Texas sunshine she left Iowa for.

"We don't go outside, not anywhere around our house. We don't sit on our patio anymore. We don't do anything around here. If we do something, we have to go to someone else's house, to the pool hall or leave the park," she explains.

Rader claims she has called her landlord two to three times a week to complain about the problem. She's been told one of the RV park workers will get rid of the smell.

"They'll be here pretty soon. Norm's pretty good about coming out and looking at it and saying he doesn't know how to fix it. He's pretty good at fixing what he can," Rader says.

But the smell persists. Rader says she just wants fresh air and a repaired sewage system.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the landlord's office at Magnolia Village RV Park. A manager for the office refused to speak to us in an on-camera interview. She did tell us the sewage problem was the responsibility of the city of Donna.

So we called the city of Donna to see if the problem can be repaired. A spokesperson for the city also denied us an on-camera interview.

But she agreed to send a crew from the Donna Water Department to assess the situation on Wednesday in order to make the proper repairs by week's end.

Rader tells us she is thankful we were able to get a city crew to come out.

Count on CHANNEL 5 NEWS to follow up on this story.

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