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Helping neighbors pump out a 'sickening stew'

Updated 8:54 pm, Saturday, November 10, 2012
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The surge of Long Island Sound water caused by a high tide and the muscular winds of Hurricane Sandy poured into low-lying areas all along coastal Connecticut, flooding the South End of Bridgeport and places like Seaside Village, a cluster of red brick houses.

On South End streets, water was deep enough to lift cars and float them into new locations before the water receded.

In the churn of the storm, all that salt water --mixed with backed-up sewage and anything else it could pick up -- created a noxious, sickening stew.

"I know from working in construction that people can get sick from that stuff," said Eugene Williams, 45, of Bridgeport, when interviewed during the storm.

So when Williams finished working on his own basement, he went from neighbor to neighbor helping them pump out theirs..