“Our equipment is so old that you’re going to have problems. It’s like a person, eventually you wear out. Our equipment has worn out,” said Hazard Mayor Jimmy Ray Lindon.
The equipment which takes in raw sewage is filled with items it is unable to process, causing the motors in the system to burn and stop working. As a result, the sewage backs up and seeps into the river.
"I'm just disgusted. There's no other way to explain it. It's just nasty, in today's world that shouldn't be a problem," said one Perry County Park attendee who says her father fishes the river.
City officials say they are proud of the river and they are looking to promote all of the positives. The mayor says this should not be overlooked, but he would rather looking forward to the future and what the river has to offer the city.
Hazard is tapping into an emergency fund to fix the issue and they're working with several businesses that affect the motors to hopefully prevent this situation in the future.