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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
December 19, 2019

            An East Greenville woman, claiming raw sewage shot from her toilet and caused at least $10,000 worth of damage to her home five months ago, appeared Tuesday night at Upper Montgomery Joint Authority's (UMJA) monthly board of directors meeting. Lucinda "Cindi" Drayer says she just wants to be made whole.

            Drayer, who lives at 713 Hamilton Road in the borough, has spent approximately $10,000 cleaning up her home. She recovered half of that through a claim with her homeowner's insurance.

            Mayor Keith Gerhart told the directors that Drayer was not looking to recover any money other than the remaining balance of the estimated damages. Drayer estimated that amount at $5,000.

            "They're not exorbitant," she said during the meeting.

            Gerhart, speaking on behalf of his resident, chronicled her story during the meeting. On July 11, the day the Upper Perkiomen Valley received heavy rain and suffered significant flooding, raw sewage spewed from the toilet in her first floor bathroom at a height of two feet in her home in Colonial Village, according to the mayor.

            According to Drayer, the dirty water flowed from the toilet for at least an hour at her home at 713 Hamilton Road. She explained outside the meeting that the flooding damaged the entire first floor. Gerhart told the board the sewage ruined cabinets, furniture, walls, tile and carpets, and flooring.

            On July 12, Drayer contacted her homeowner's insurance and the authority. Three days later, a representative from Traveler's did a full assessment of the damage. Two UMJA officials came to her home, but refused to enter, according to Gerhart. He said the employees said the house "is a health hazard," and that "she should get out."

            According to Gerhart, an adjuster representing the Philadelphia Insurance Company, the authority's insurance company, stated that he would ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
December 11, 2019

            A recent five-year review of a Superfund site in Hereford Township concluded that remedies implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continue to be protective of human health and the environment.

            The most recent review of the Crossley Farm Superfund Site, completed in September, found that the remedies put in place to protect public health and the environment are functioning as intended, according to information provided Monday afternoon from the federal agency.

            According to a December 2019 community update webpage, the review found that all remedies for homes with residential wells requiring treatment units are working properly. They include a groundwater treatment plant located on the farm property continues to remove the groundwater contamination, homes requiring vapor mitigation systems are working properly, land use controls are in place to restrict the use of the farm property and the township continues to share site information with prospective home buyers and builders regarding the installation of wells in the impacted area.

            The goal of the site cleanup is to restore groundwater quality and ensure it meets maximum contaminant levels (MCLs), which is the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water based on the Safe Water Drinking Act. The MCL for trichloroethene (TCE), the primary contaminant of concern at the site, is ...



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