Residents concerned about their health, claim sewage seeped into apartment

A newport news man is scared for his health after he says sewage seeped into his apartment.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A Newport News man is scared for his health after he says sewage seeped into his apartment.

He sent 13News Now pictures of the mess he and his neighbors found on the pipes in their closet at City Line Apartments.

He says he's tried to get answers about the issue, but came up empty.

Robert El-Bey says he's being exposed to dangerous chemical compounds coming from the sewer backup.

He says this isn’t the first time, and it’s happened at least 10 times since he moved in seven years ago.

“This is a health issue,” El-Bey says. “At one point, I had to basically sleep outside because it was bad.”

El-Bey says workers came out to the apartment complex and agreed with him-- that what's spilling into his home is dangerous.

“I'm living in waste,” El-Bey says.

El-Bey wrote several letters to the property manager. So far, he’s gotten no response.

13News Now spoke with the property manager but she declined to comment. The regional manager did not return our call.

“The bad part is we are disabled and there are elderly people out here who can't stand up for themselves and address this issue,” El-Bey says.

El-Bey's neighbors didn't want to go on camera, but claim to have the same issues.

He says they’re demanding change, because all they want is to live in a safe environment.

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