Black Ill. Community Sues Over Pooling, Overflowing Sewage

By Lauraann Wood (July 21, 2021, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Residents of an Illinois city near St. Louis sued their local government and public water district in federal court Tuesday over decades of alleged water management issues that have caused sewage to pool in their yards and streets and pollute the Mississippi River.

The suit alleges that the predominantly Black residents of an area of Cahokia Heights formerly called Centreville live with sewage water pooling in their yards, bubbling out of manholes, and flowing down their streets and into Mississippi River tributaries as a result of "decades of government failure to ensure basic sewage and stormwater services" in the area....

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