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Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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HARAHAN, La. -- City officials in Harahan met Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent a smelly situation.

Tuesday Army Corps discovered a sewer line that was right in the way of their Pump to the River Project, which means some 4,000 Harahan homes won't be able to take a bathroom break while crews work to fix it.

Living in a construction zone is nothing new for Robert and Kimberly Ripberger. The couple's home happens to be where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to install huge drainage pipes for the project.

'I don't like the noise. When I am doing homework with the girls you do hear a lot of rattling,' said Kimberly Ripberger.

'It's pretty aggravating sometimes, but it's all for the sake of progress,' said her husband Robert Ripberger. 'They are building us a pump to the river right there, which is going to be great.'

But those great plans were interrupted when crews found a sewer line that was not in the project plans.

'We are going to be looking at something that we can move that sewer line over, but then once the culvert goes in we will replace it to its original station,' said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett.

Boyett said it is very common to relocate water and sewage line that may be in the way, but Harahan Mayor Vinnie Mosca is pumping the breaks on any quick decisions.

Mosca said that's especially important because the city is only operating with one sewage pump since the other is down for repairs.

'I don't want a quick fix. We want to be able to use this sewer line for the next 20 years without interruption or problems,' Mosca said.

The mayor is also concerned about the 4,000 homes that will be without sewage while crews fix the problem. He wants to make sure residents have enough notice before the work is done.

However, residents like the Ripbergers said they are not concerned.

'You just have to deal with it,' says Kimberly Ripberger. 'I have to do what I have to do. If I have stay somewhere, then I have to stay somewhere.

They couple said the minor inconveniences are well worth it.

'It's no big deal, it's all for the sake of progress,' says Robert Ripberger. 'Look what we are getting out of it. We are getting a pumping station that is going to keep this whole area dry.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps said after hearing the city's concerns, they have decided to relocate that sewer line temporarily next week.

Crews will shut off sewage for all Harahan residents and businesses for roughly four to six hours beginning at midnight Tuesday.

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