Mystery Stink Invades Bridgeport Neighborhood

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Something stinks in Bridgeport and officials can't seem to figure out what's causing it.

Residents near Valley Avenue in the North End neighborhood say the smell of sewage has been making its way through their community  for weeks. They say the foul odor seems to be coming from a brook that leads to the Pequonnock River.

"You can't open your windows. If you go out, you hold your breath to get into your car," Helen Jones said, according to the Connecticut Post. She has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years and complained to the City Council.

Another longtime resident, Nanette Malone, told the Post that the smell is strongest on the west side of the short street, toward Beechmont Avenue, and only seems to surface on warm, humid days.

The Water Pollution Control Authority hasn't been able to find the source of the smell, even after looking at the sewage and septic systems.

"We've taken a look at our sewage system and we can't readily determine what the problems are," Bill Robinson, the WPCA's acting general manager, told the newspaper.

They now plan to inspect the storm drain system to make sure illegal pipes are not hooked up to the system.

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