BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Warm Springs Public Service District's insurance company will pay for a Vernon Street family whose home was damaged by sewage to be housed at the Best Western through Jan. 16, homeowner Deborah Harris said.
The family was helped initially by the American Red Cross.
When the sewer department responded to a call Tuesday from Harris that 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.
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. The home became uninhabitable when sewage was forced into the bathroom toilet, sink and bathtub, and into the kitchen sink, which overflowed onto the floors, she said.
Harris said a contractor was at the house Thursday to review the damage and prepare an estimate. W. Karl Prodoehl of Upstate Adjusters Inc. of Cumberland, Md., reviewed the damage Thursday afternoon.