Human waste dumped on highwayAn Elmwood man could be looking at citations after it was discovered human sewage spilled onto a county highway.
ELMWOOD--An Elmwood man could be looking at citations after it was discovered human sewage spilled onto a county highway.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 6:15 p.m. Feb. 16 about human feces on the roadway on CTH G in the Town of Spring Lake. According to Deputy Robin Kivel’s report, as she drove past the steep driveway of W829 CTH G, she immediately smelled sewage and observed sewage all over the roadway.
“The sewage covered the entire eastbound lane of CTH G, approximately 2/10th of a mile long, and was slowly seeping into the westbound lane,” she said.
As Kivel arrived back at the home, she said she saw a garden hose coming out of a pump near an open sewer cap. The hose stretched out across the yard and into the driveway, where the end was pointed downhill. Kivel believed raw sewage was coming out of the house, then running down the driveway and onto the roadway.
The highway department was called when Kivel saw a passing eastbound car drive over the sewage and nearly careened off the roadway. A truck arrived a short time later and was able to scrape some of the sewage off and heavily salt the remainder so it wouldn’t freeze.
Contact was made with a Kyle McRoberts, 26, who rents the trailer home at the address. He told Kivel he had been pumping the sewer and thought it would run off and into the ditch instead of the highway. Kivel warned him it was illegal to pump the sewer in that manner and he could be looking at citations. McRoberts apologized for his actions and understood.
As of Monday, no citations were issued, according to online court records.