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Homeowners' Nightmare: A Gross 'Tornado of Poop'

4 houses damaged in Massachusetts during repairs to sewer line
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2019 3:33 PM CDT
Updated Jun 26, 2019 12:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four homes in Massachusetts are considered uninhabitable after they were set upon by one of the worst kinds of tornados: one made up of sewage. Silvia Ortiz of Melrose describes "a tornado of poop" forming in her toilet Thursday morning as she was getting ready for work, per WHDH. "It was a crazy scene. It literally just spun and flowed out." The woman who shared footage showing raw sewage covering her bathroom tells the Boston Globe, "It was like molten lava coming out at me." She adds the mess not only reached her wedding dress, but also the cement foundation of her home.

The same scene was observed in at least three other homes in Melrose, reports WHDH. Mayor Gail Infurna explains city workers were trying to fix a blockage in the city's main sewer line when sewage was forced into the four homes on Brazil Street. "Unfortunately, the damage to the homes involved is extensive and could take days or weeks to repair," the mayor says, adding, "I have directed my staff to assist residents with emergency accommodations and we will continue to monitor the situation closely." Ortiz put the cost to remove the contamination from her home at $8,000. She's now staying at a hotel. (Read more sewage stories.)

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