Jackson businessman says he’s fed up with sewer issues

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Sewage and dried up debris can be seen in the parking lot of Troubleshooters Incorporated in downtown Jackson. Now the business owner is trying to find a solution to the smelly problem.

Richard Wirick, owner of Troubleshooters Inc. on the High Street, says that every time it rains sewage backs up inside and outside his business.

He says the problem started when the old Trade Mart building was demolished.

“I’m definitely frustrated with it,” he said. “I’m a small business owner here in the city of Jackson and I’m trying to keep running. Earn some money. I pay my taxes to the city and try to get things done.

Toilet paper and personal hygiene items could be spotted emerging from the back of the building after Wednesday’s storm and heavy rain. Wirick says he’s called the city several times about it.

However, the owner says he gets the same response back every time he calls. Wirick also tells us that when these sewer problems arise, he sends his employees home, which causes a financial burden.

“I always pay them for the day,” he said. “It’s not their fault. So it’s money out of my pocket. I have to stay and I have to clean up.

When we asked him what the city should do to fix the problem, he said, “They definitely need some people to step in and actually take some responsibility and not keep pushing things to the next person. Get the drainage fixed, that’s what it all comes down to.

The owner says that if the problem is not resolved quickly, he will be forced to pack his bags and move his business elsewhere.

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