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Bells Family Outraged Over Raw Sewage Leak

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BELLS, TX--- A Grayson County family said they've reached their breaking point in an ongoing conflict over a broken sewer line located right next to their home. The homeowner, Michael Rhoades, said the line, which runs from his property through a vacant lot next door, busted, causing raw sewage to leak into the ground for over a year.

Michael Rhoades said the sewer line broke after his neighbor, who also owns the vacant lot, ran over it with his truck. He said he's was worried about the health risks of raw sewage leaking into the ground and that he quickly alerted the lot's owner thinking he would fix it.

"He just said it's the city's problem," Rhoades said.

Rhoades said he then contacted the city.

"I talked the city," Rhoades said. "I talked to the Grayson County Health Department and they said that since we're getting water from Bells, it's a Bells problem."

He said Bells City Mayor Gary Martin told him the leak is the owner of the vacant lot's responsibility.

Mayor Martin told KTEN News Thursday that he contacted the Grayson County Health Department and that department workers told him the leak was the city's responsibility. But since the leak is on private property, Mayor Martin said it's actually the owner of the vacant lot's responsibility.

Rhoades said the lot owner refuses to fix the leak and that now he's stuck with the problem.

Several residents in Bells told KTEN News Thursday that they're very concerned because the septic leak is located just feet away from the city water tower.

"I brought this item up to the city council and I got no response," Bells resident Bud Zentner said.

Mayor Martin said the water tower, which is located one lot away from the Rhoade's property, is not an issue because the leak runs downhill from the water tower.

KTEN News contacted the owner the vacant lot Thursday, but he could not be reached for comment.