Photos: Queens Homes Are in Vomit-Inducing Condition After Sewage Blockage

New York City residents are dealing with awful and vomit-inducing conditions days after a sewer backup forced them to leave their homes. Officials say the disruption pushed human waste into about 300 homes in Jamaica, Queens.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday visited a Queens neighborhood where residents have been grappling with aftermath of sewage blockage.
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The mayor said that the city will hire contractors to clean the houses affected by the foul backup, which had sewage pumping into basements.
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Though he said that crews have been working since Saturday on the sewage backup, de Blasio said “there is more to do.”
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"Raw sewage. There were worms coming out of the toilet. Sludge. Feces. All kinds of stuff," said South Ozone Park resident Gwen McElroy.
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At one point, one resident reported having a foot of water in the basement.
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In the meantime, the DEP has set up a bypass pumping system that will allow any waste water generated in the neighborhood to bypass the blockage, officials said.
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City officials are asking homeowners to fill out a form to claim compensation through the NYC Comptroller’s Office to get back any out-of-pocket expenses.
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