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MARION COUNTY -

Imagine a situation where every time your neighbors did laundry, your basement flooded. Or having to spend hundreds of dollars a month for laundromats and dining out.

This situation is very real for residents in the small Marion County town, Idamay.

"Out of 24 days we have had sewage working actually 3 full days," said Gena Renner, Idamay resident.

Residents have been dealing with the same sewage problem for several years now. It's starts to rain and before they know it, the system shuts down. Sometimes, its for days at a time.

"It doesn't work properly and when it rains and the system shuts down, our basement becomes the backup system for the sewage. It floods and we get water in it on a regular basis," Renner said.

Residents said pumping water out of the basement isn't even half of the problem. It's affecting their wallets, too.

"We always eat out, take out, when the sewage isn't working because obviously if you run your water, your basement fills up with the water you're running so you have to pump it out," Renner said. "We also go to my mothers a lot, she is very helpful. We take showers there."

The Greater Marion Public Service District said it is very aware of the problem.

"I know what they've went through. I've listened to these people. There are times when I really didn't know what to do because there was nothing I could do to make it go away. It's a process and sometimes a long one."

Greater Marion PSD is currently working to replace the current vacuum system with a gravity collection system.

"Those have been a problem from day one so they are making it all gravity," Brooks said. "They are in the process right now of converting all of the buffer tanks over to gravity to get them flowing into Worthington."

Officials said the end is in sight, but residents still have concerns.

"It just seems like the last several months since the new project has been started, don't get me wrong I am very grateful and I'm sure everyone in this town is grateful we are getting something fixed. The problem is you can't forget about the old problem that you have," Renner said.

"If they will just bare with us, it's almost over," Brooks said.

Greater Marion PSD said it hopes to have all of Idamay on the gravity system in three weeks. The only thing standing in the way are the holidays.