Berkeley County Testing for Possible Sewage Leak

August 9, 2018, 9:10 am EST | Share:

GOOSE CREEK, SC (MEGAN RIVERS, WTAT-TV) — For nearly two decades, people living in the Friar’s Grove neighborhood in Goose Creek say they’ve been having sewer problems and haven’t been able to get the help they need from the county to fix them.

Cracked, broken, and uneven, that’s how people in the neighborhood describe their sidewalks from faulty pipes.

“We can go around the whole place and I can show you,” said resident Kelly Gibson.

It’s the neighborhood he’s called home for 14 years. Gibson believes there is a sewer line leak causing the concrete to sink.

“There’s no dirt under the sidewalks at the junctions for all of these cleanouts, so that leak is going into the french drain, into the storm drain, and going into our community,” he said.

Berkeley County has not confirmed those claims.

But Gibson is not alone with his concerns. Down the block, his neighbors feel the same.

“This has been an ongoing issue for the last 16 years,” said resident Bill Linthicum who has lived there since the neighborhood was developed.

He’s concerned now more than ever for his neighbors with young children, worried they may be hurt by the uneven concrete or worse.

“We’ve have put umpteen bags of dirt, gravel and sand because of some of the kids we have in the neighborhood. We’re afraid that it would hurt one of them.”

Berkeley County says they’re responsible for the sewer lines and stormwater drains. They say the city of Goose Creek is responsible for the water lines.

Now, Gibson is hoping someone responds to the issue he says is dangerous to the environment.

“Our whole neighborhood is going to be impacted financially and environmentally,” he said.

Berkeley County leaders say they will be conducting a sewer smoke test in that neighborhood.

They said if in fact there is a leak, they will know immediately and be able to address the problem.