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  1. #1
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    3,000 Gallons of Sewage would ruin your home

    Headline and Article from the AP Wire:
    House Blasted by 3,000 Gallons of Sewage

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Utility workers trying to blast out a grease clog from a sewer line forced 3,000 gallons of raw sewage into a couple's home, forcing them to abandon their house while hoping that the city makes good on a promise to clean up and repair the damage.

    Mac and Meg McCormick say city leaders have also promised to pay for their stay in a hotel until the repairs are complete. The couple doesn't have any of the agreement in writing, and city officials have declined to discuss the case because it's ongoing.

    "We feel we have no choice but to put our trust and faith in the hands of the city," Meg McCormick said this week as movers hauled damaged furniture from her house. "And I'll be honest, that's a little scary."

    Scott Denham, the risk manager for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, declined to discuss the details of the sewage backup, but did say, "There's no question of the severity of this event." (what an understatement)

    City officials don't even know how much the repairs and cleanup will cost, Denham said. Meg McCormick said she has received estimates of $75,000 to $150,000. The house has a tax value of $101,300.
    Where is STAN and did he have anything to do with this mess ?

    You couldn't clean anything enough to salvage it.

    Glad when I worked line maintenance nothing like this ever occurred.

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    Cyburbian Michele Zone's avatar
    Jul 2003
    SW-Coastal WA
    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Couldn't clean anything enough to salvage it.
    Good, god. There is no way I would even try to move back into a house after something like that. The mold, etc. would KILL me.

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
    Aug 2001
    This pretty much what happened to me almost two years ago... except Mother Nature did it and not the City (well, except for the lack of stormwater contol ). Estimates were around 100k... we only got 40k from insurance. It sucks, let me tell you.

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    Cyburbian Hceux's avatar
    Oct 2003
    In Wasteland of Cedar Trees
    Good gosh, if I were that person, I'd burn the place down for the sake of humanity and move onto somewhere else!

  5. #5
    Aug 2001
    No biggie, nothing a lil'clorox and some rags can't take care of... Similar situation happened in a former City I worked in. The City took responsibility and made it right. Replaced a lot of stuff, including carpet, pad, and some dry wall work. I don't know if it was 3,000 gallons of sewage though man that is nasty thinking about it. Wonder how much their damaged belongings will cost to replace. Sounds like it could be worth a tear down and rebuild... Hey they should just be happy nobody was on the stool when it happened!!! Pretty gross to think about, you know they had to probably walk through it to get out of the house

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
    May 2004
    There are approximately 7.5 gallons in a cubic foot - so that would be 400 cubic feet of sewage. That would be enough sewage to cover a typical 20 x 20 foot room with sewage to a depth of 1 foot. That's alot of sewage.

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    Cyburbian Otis's avatar
    Mar 2002
    Upper left edge
    We had one of those due to a developer's inadequate sewage system. Not pretty. Tore the house down and hauled it away. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that it was a vacation home and nobody discovered it for a few weeks.

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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    There was a lot of that in one of our cities after the hurricanes 2 years ago. They didn't get generators out to some parts of their system soon enough. A bunch of homes were just inundated. It just recently went to mediation (almost 2 years!) and was resolved.

    Times like that I was glad I'm on septic. I don't think I'd want to touch anything in my house that had had sewage on it.

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          abrowne's avatar
    Jan 2005
    I doubt the structure will ever be safe for occupancy again. Demolish, rebuild.

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