Less than a week after several Millbrae homeowners were faced with the daunting cleanup of El Niño-fueled sewage seeping into their homes, reports of more of the unpleasant stuff surfaced again.
The city's Department of Public Works confirmed on Wednesday that at least one more homeowner on El Bonito Way reported sewage spewing out of toilets and bathtubs and into his living roomsovernight. That brings the number of affected residents to at least three, stemming from a leak first reported Saturday.
"I'm very upset," Jason Chen said on Wednesday. "But what can I do?"
Chen and another homeowner moved into a hotel after the icky problem was first spotted on Saturday. His neighbors took home video of the sewage coating the entire residence's floor.
"There was sewage, debris and water everywhere," Herag Aristakessian said earlier this week. "My toilet and shower stall were all flooded." The Aristakessian family and the Herpe family reported issues on Saturday.
Interim Public Works Director Peter Vorametsanti said earlier in the week the city was investigating the problem, and acknowledged more sewage leaked out Tuesday night.
Vorametsanti suspects employees of the company Sewer Rat Plumbing cut a hole in the main sewer line, and then covered it with a steel plate instead of capping it. The storm pushed rocks into the line, clogging it and backing up raw sewage into at least three homes, he said.
The plumbing company did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday.
The city is urging affected homeowners to file a claim.