Whitmire deserves relief from reoccurring stench of sewage

Published 9:10 am Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray plays a weatherman frustrated because he has to cover the same ol’ story year after year? Murray awakes after his fourth year of covering the festival to realize it’s Groundhog Day again. The impending saga continues to repeat itself over and over as Murray’s character battles to escape the madness.

Unfortunately, real life isn’t a comedy and neither is the situation one area resident currently faces. How many times have we covered the story of Eunice Whitmire and her struggles with sewage? It turns out we had written almost the exact same story of this Tryon resident on February 1, 2010 as we did on May 17, 2012 and as we did last week on May 9, 2013.

Whitmire told commissioners this time last year that sewage has been backing up into her home every time a heavy rain has fallen since 1999.

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Really, 1999 – you mean 14 years ago? Would you or I so patiently wait for the town to fix this problem? Could you wait that long? Could you live with the stench of sewage after a heavy rain as you tried to avoid stepping in the soggy areas of your yard?