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      People of Timmonsville sue the town over water and sewer problems

      The Town of Timmonsville has been hit with a class action lawsuit.

      Timmonsville resident Rose Desarno sued the town last week on behalf of the People of Timmonsville over problems with the water quality and ongoing sewage issues.

      Two weeks ago, state and federal health regulators filed a lawsuit against Timmonsville for violations of the Clean Water Act.

      Desarno's lawsuit names Timmonsville, American Honda Company, Timmonsville Mayor Darrick Jackson and former Mayor James Beard as defendants. for violations of the Clean Water Act.

      Desarno's lawsuit names Timmonsville, American Honda Company, Timmonsville Mayor Darrick Jackson and former Mayor James Beard as defendants.

      According to the complaint, "untreated and partially-treated wastewater has flowed into residential yards, basements, homes and public areas where people can come into contact with it leading to infection with organisms, and adverse health effects ranging from minor illnesses such as sore throats to life threatening ailments such as cholera, dysentery, infectious hepatitis and severe gastroenteritis."

      The suit alleges damages on behalf of property owners whose property values have decreased, and residents who have suffered personal injuries, and those who have emotional and mental damage resulting from the plight.

      Desarno says she has had personal injuries including feeling as though something was actually moving in her stomach and throat, as well as other gastrointestinal issues, according to the suit.

      Desarno has had some relief from these conditions through the use of anti-fungal medication, the suit says, but the conditions persist.

      She's had to seek counseling for her emotional distress, the suit said.

      The complaint alleges from July 31, 2009 until May 31, 2011, the Honda plant was discharging to the Timmonsville Wastewater Treatment Plant without a permit.

      Desarno and the People of Timmonsville are being represented by Attorney Roy Willey of Anastopoulo Law Firm, LLC out of Charleston County.

      The plaintiffs are seeking to recover actual, compensatory, and punitive damages.

      They're requesting a jury trial.

      The defendants have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.

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