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Sewage Invades Wolfforth Home

What if one day you walked into your bathroom to find your toilet and bathtub filling up with sewage from across the city. That's exactly what happened to one Wolfforth family.

"There wasn't a place to walk with out stepping in raw sewage." Jamie Shipp was home Tuesday afternoon when the City's sewage erupted in her house. "This is the hall of my home where raw sewage ran right after lunch, this is my bathroom where raw sewage shoots through it just came up out of the commode and it just came and came and came and flooded my home, it ran down in the bathroom about two inches deep and it ran down the hall on my carpet then down the hall into all three bedrooms."

This wasn't the first time sewage crept into Jamie's home, on Monday she noticed sewage in her backyard and backing up in the toilet. "So I had the City come out and we took care of the small problem and they said the sewer was backed up somewhere else and they were trying to unstop it when it backed up into here and I thought the whole thing would be over with but today, I do not know what they did but it started gushing up through my commode," Shipp said.

Doug Hutcheson, the Director of Public Works in Wolfforth said they too thought the problem was fixed. "If it could've been done I would've done it way before Tuesday. We'd of stayed there Monday night had we known there'd be a problem at her house. Usually you clean out your stoppages and your ok, sometimes you have re-occurrences but most of the time you don't."

Doug says they haven't found any faulty pipes or what caused the blockage, but he says sometimes when the weather changes, buildup in the pipes can loosen. "It's not her fault, it could've happened at my house or your house, blockages don't pick a person to pick on, they just happen," said Hutcheson.

Doug says the City will do whatever they can to help in this situation. The carpet has been removed, but the cleaning continues, for now Jamie and her family are staying in a motel.

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