Evansville board discussed issues that led to sewer backup

The Village of Evansville is looking for the person, or persons, that their village president is referring to as the “baby wipe bandit.”

A large portion of the March 12 Evansville Village Board meeting was spent discussing a situation that arose because this individual, or individuals, continues to flush items like baby wipes, Lysol wipes, grease, chunks of plastic and other non-flushable items.

Thanks to these items clogging the sewage system, on Feb. 20, the sewer backed up into Evansville resident Ora Edwards’ home, filling his basement with at least eight inches of sewage.

Trustee Darren Kempfer, who went to Edwards’ home that night reported that the sewage was “boiling up” out of the drain, filing the basement. He added there was also a strong smell of sewer gases. “It was just nasty.”

Village President Erwin “Red” Becker noted that the sewer lines in the area around Edwards’ home are 78 years old. Over the years, small tree roots have undoubtedly grown into and through the lines. The small roots alone are not the issue, but a problem does arise when things that should not be flushed get into the sewer line and are caught up on the roots, ultimately creating a clog.

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.