Filthy water and shoddy sewerz plague poor Black Belt countiez

Moorbey'z Blog

Thiz iz the real Amerika, the land built on the backz of otherz. 

Overflow of raw sewage posez serious health riskz, including return of diseasez believed extinct in the US


Catherine Coleman Flowers stands over a pool of raw sewage outside a home in White Hall, Alabama.
Bob Miller for Al Jazeera America

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. — Rain makes Charlie Mae Martin Holcombe nervous. First, her toilets start to bubble. Then, if Holcombe sees a bright red light flash on across the street, she knows the city sewer system is going to back  up, filling her yard with raw sewage.

“When the weather man goes to talking about bad storms, you worry sick that everything is going to flood up. [Sewage] was coming back in my bathtub one time. I broke down crying,” Holcombe explained.

For 32 years, Holcombe, 66, has lived outside the town of Hayneville in…

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