GOWANDA - Springwood Village Mobile Park residents have been through hell for more than a month.
The trailer park at 14725 Baghdad Road in Gowanda is owned by Donald Leone.
The residents have been dealing with unsafe drinking water since Jan. 24 and have had to deal with a sewage line backing up into a resident's yard for months.
OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
Residents of the Springwood Village Mobile Park in Gowanda have recently been dealing with many quality of living problems including backed up sewage lines and unsafe drinking water. Pictured is where raw sewage has been backing up into a resident’s lawn for months.
After pleas to Leone for work to be done to fix the problems, nothing happened.
The residents were forced to involve the Erie County Water Authority and the Health Department on the issue.
These agencies tested the water and found high bacteria levels and investigated residents' claims, later taking Leone to court on Feb. 14.
The court ruled action needed to be taken to fix the immediate problems including the sewer backup. This elicited one visit by Leone to the park to fix the sewer backup on Feb. 17, but the drinking water problems remained unattended.
The Health Department is reportedly taking Leone to court once again after testing the water on Feb. 18 and finding it to still be unsafe to drink. One resident noted how helpful the Health Department has been in this fight.
The Springwood Village Mobile Park is home to seniors and children, all of whom have been without drinking water for about a month.
The court has threatened Leone that he may loose the property if proper repairs are not made. Residents fear this will mean they must move out of their homes.
Many residents are in search of free legal advice in the confusing situation to answer questions about who to pay rent to if the property is seized from the owner and will they lose their homes.
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