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Blocked pipe causes bad smell complaints near south Wake County landfill

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) - The landfill in south Wake County has been around for more than a decade.

"Our goal is to try and make them think we're not there," John Roberson, the Wake County Solid Waste Management Director, said.

But for folks in the area of the trash dump, that's not always the case.

Kim Tirbovich of Fuquay-Varina  told CBS 17, "(it's) stinky at times."

Over the last week, people living nearby noticed a stronger stench.

Tirbovich says her husband even called to tell her about it. She said her husband told her, "it smelled awful."

The county said for several days they received an abnormal number of complaints, especially south and east of the landfill.


Crews found a blockage in one of the pipes. It was a quick fix, and officials tell CBS 17 that at last check, there hadn't been a complaint on Friday.

"Unfortunately, that's one of those things that we'll watch a little more carefully from now on," Roberson said.

Also, because of the time of year, the landfill is using less soil to cover the trash -- that also means more smell, Roberson said.

"Is there a potential for future experiences of odor? Certainly. Are we trying our best to minimize it? Definitely," Roberson said.

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