Stench along Tijuana River Valley irks nearby residents

SAN DIEGO -- People who live near the Tijuana River have been complaining of a pungent smell that has been in the air for weeks.

The source of the stench is a repair job just south of the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the City of San Diego, crews in Tijuana are in the process of upgrading a sewer line and while the work is being done, untreated sewage is being diverted into the Tijuana River.

Coupled with the untreated raw sewage that has made its way north of the border after recent storms, residents in the area say the smell is very foul. They are used to the smell lingering for a day or two but nothing like this.

"It's horrible. Everybody is complaining about it. People are really upset with the smell," said resident Lidya Morales.

San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina say they have contacted the International Boundary and Water Commission to look into the matter.