. Raw sewage polluted this Illinois community for years. Now residents are fighting back. « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NBC – “It’s horrible,” Sharon Smith, a local school district employee who also shares her home with her husband and two children, said recently. “My floors, they buckled up. In my kitchen, the bottom of my sink is rotted out, and it’s starting to sink in.”

Smith’s struggle to live free from chronic sewage pollution is common across her section of Cahokia Heights, a small, predominantly Black suburb located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, and formed earlier this year from the merger of three communities strained by population loss and aging infrastructure.

Read more on this case of environmental injustice at NBC News.

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