Lakeview homeowner claims S&WB crew turned pool muddy

The homeowner says her pool was damaged as a S&WB crew worked on an underground pipe.

NEW ORLEANS, La. - A Lakeview resident has frustrations of her own regarding the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. She claims crews doing some work last week dumped muddy water into her pool, turning it brown. She told Eyewitness News that she wants something done about it.

With twigs and leaves floating in brown water, Stephanie Labarriere's pool looks more like a muddy pond.

"Frankly, it's not my responsibility," she said. "We didn't mess it up."

She says the pool at her Lakeview home was damaged Friday as a Sewerage and Water Board crew worked on an underground pipe in the back alley.

"It was a leaky pipe on their side," she claims. "It wasn't any of the houses or anything like that, so the repair was all on them and that's where it began."

The pipe had been leaking for weeks. So the crew, Labarriere says, had to pump out the ground water to get access to the pipe.

"When they pumped, because the ground was saturated all of the sludge and the mud, water, everything went directly into the pool," she said. "Went out in back, asked them to stop, and they said, 'Oh! Okay, we'll just pump in the other direction.' So that's what they did."

However when workers left, Lababrriere was left with a brown pool and no word if someone would be back to fix it.

"No one has reached out to us," she said. "We reached out to them, we're told we'll send you a claim form in the mail."

Several days later and still her murky pool sits.

"We can't run the pool," she said. "When you don't run the pool you start to figure there'll be stagnant water. We don't know if there's mud in the pump or the filter, we don't know what the situation is."

However Labarriere does know, she'd like the Sewerage and Water Board to take responsibility.

"You have to respect people's property," she said. "I would like to have someone in authority, come out and look at it. How can we be expected and asked to pay for their service if they're not going to keep up their end of the bargain?"

Eyewitness News reached out to the Sewerage and Water Board about Labarriere's claims, and they say they're looking into it.

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