This story hits close to home. A member of my family was one of the victims of the sewage overflow due to the heavy rains. She had almost 3 feet of raw, untreated sewage swirling around in her basement. The sad part is she had just finished renovating it after the last sewage overflow with a heavy spring rain. The Chairman of the Water & Sewer authority, who mysteriously could not be reached for comment today, had told us when it happened before that it was due to a flaw in the piping. He commented that every time a heavy rain comes, the plant has a gauge that clamps shut and the run off (aka untreated sewage) flows into the Conemaugh River. Now we have several families who have had their basements & homes flooded with basically, sludge. When the issue was brought up in the Township & in the Borough- Managers said they did not have funding- "money's tight." They weren't about to fix the problem because it only affected a "handful" of people. What if it was their home being flooded with this raw, untreated sewage back up??? They paid out through the Borough insurance company to pay for the clean up of the last occurence- but who will pay this time? The logical solution should have been to fix the core of the problem, not just gloss it over & cross their fingers that it wouldn't happen again. I think it's time for the Management to get their head out of the sand and face the problem. They say money is tight but affluent members of the elite Portage Society can somehow find money for their "pet projects", paving, planting trees, etc. but necessary repairs and issues are brushed aside. In the Township they also have a problem with open run off and back flow with heavy rains. That issue was also put off because of money constraints. All we are asking for is to fix it properly, maybe put some backflow preventers on so these people aren't habitually getting soaked with sewage with the rainfalls. Let's hope that the publicity will prompt them into taking action. People of Portage- let them know that this is unacceptable anymore. We used to have a nice town that had everything you could want in one spot but it has slowly eroded with time. Let the self serving Borough Management & Township officials know that we want our town back, without the residual raw sewage in our homes. The DEP or other officials don't want it flowing into the River- they granted them millions of dollars to fix the plant but they also need to fix what & how it gets there. If it can't go into the River, then why are they accepting it filling people's homes???