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KFC Sewage Spills Into Resident's Yard

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Sewage from the KFC on Avenue of the Cities in East Moline has spilled into a resident's yard, but the city was not responsible for fixing the problem. Drain techs say the restaurant's sewer line is exceptionally long, reaching back to where residents live, up to 250 feet away.

"It looked like a fountain of poop in my backyard," said Barb Bichel, who moved into the neighborhood less than one year ago.

"I was very excited," she said. "First home I've ever owned."

Living near businesses was already a concern, but she didn't think her property would be met with sewage and grease from the restaurant.

"It lingers," she said. "It has gone into my dryer vent."

Other neighbors have also noticed the smell.

"Not pleasant," said Lucas Weighall, who lives across the street. "Smells really bad. Especially if the wind is blowing this way. It's terrible."

Bichel says it came up over the weekend. On Sunday, she called the City of East Moline, which sent staff out right away.

"This is so saturated back here around my fence, and that whole hill, I almost fell in the poo trying just to walk up my little hill there to open the gate to talk to the city guys," Bichel said.

The city told her they couldn't fix it because KFC owns the line. Drain techs confirmed that it does flow into a city manhole, but not a city line, so KFC was responsible.

On Monday afternoon, the problem was still visible. Meanwhile, KFC had been open the entire time.

"The store is still open, and still running water, and still flushing toilets in my backyard," Bichel said.

She says health inspectors told her they had until 3 PM Monday to fix it. Otherwise, they would be shut down Tuesday.

KFC declined to comment about the situation. A drain tech arrived that afternoon, and he says he fixed the problem. Bichel says that wasn't fast enough.

"How would they feel if my poo was going in their restaurant," she said.

Although the line has been fixed, the mess remains on her yard.

"I don't know who has to clean it up," she said. "I don't know what's going to happen."

Drain techs say the KFC sewer line had the same problem last year.

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