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ComEd Spills Raw Sewage Into Home, Doesn't Particularly Care

By Jim Bochnowski in News on May 8, 2015 9:45PM

Photo credit: Ed Fisher

ComEd: they use your money for political contributions, they are slow to turn your power back on, they spike your rates without notice. But one thing's for sure— their stronghold on the market isn't going anywhere. Which makes it all the more frustrating when they, say, fill your apartment with toilet water.

CBS shines a light on the case of Gia Kosta and George Daker, a couple living in Rogers Park. On April 24th, ComEd installed a new pole outside their home, which accidentally pierced a sewer line that fed into the couple's home. Their home has been under a constant attack by raw sewage ever since. According to the couple, their toilets and showers have been rendered unusable and they are terrified to use their water to cook.

ComEd refused to answer the couple's calls or fix the problem for weeks—which certainly doesn't sound like the ComEd we know. It took CBS calling the company, repeatedly, to bring about a change. After numerous calls, "ComEd apologized for the damage and promised to make it right beginning on Friday, with the city’s help." But this may be a bit of a case of "too little, too late."

As Kosta told CBS, "The smell—I don’t even know how we are going to get rid of this."