Sewage overflows into home

January 07, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - When a clogged sewage line was unclogged by pressure Tuesday, raw sewage was forced into the lines of a home at 17 Vernon St.

When the Warm Springs Public Service District responded to a call Tuesday from homeowner Deborah Harris, who said raw sewage was gushing outside a blocked sewage pipe, department workers used 200 pounds of pressure to unclog it - a force that "flooded the home with sewage," Harris said.

The sewage was forced into the bathroom toilet, sink and bathtub, and into the kitchen sink, which overflowed onto the floors, Harris said.

Harris said her son, his wife and baby live in the small two-bedroom home and she lives in a trailer on the property that was not damaged.


She said everything in the house is destroyed, and the family is being helped by the Morgan County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Harris said she first called the Warm Springs Public Service District about 10 a.m. to tell them raw sewage was gushing outside the sewage pipe that was blocked.

She said she called Rodney Hovermale, who manages the sewer department, at 11 a.m. and again at noon but did not get a call back from him.

When sewer department workers arrived, they tried to unclog the blockage with a snake, but that did not work. They could not find the manhole and did not have a metal detector to find it, Harris said.

Harris said if they had unclogged the problem at the manhole, the sewage would not have come into the home.

She said sewer department workers removed the sewage from the yard and "bleached" her driveway and sidewalk.

Hovermale said he filed an insurance claim Tuesday afternoon after viewing the damage. He said he was told the insurance adjuster will take a look at the site Thursday.


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