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6/30/04-Henderson

City To Clean Sewage-Filled Homes

Doris Bodine is a cancer patient and is on oxygen support. When her home was flooded with sewage, her 17-year-old grandson, John Crumpton, came to take her away. They haven't been back since, until this afternoon.

Doris did not enter her home today. She didn't want to be reminded of the awful stench she smelled two days ago.

"I was walking down the hall in there and I heard the gurgling sound," she said. "And I stood there mesmerized what came up through the toilet. And later on, I found it was coming up in my kitchen sink. You think I ever want to cook in there again?"

"I got over here, and it was all black," Crumpton said. "It's nasty. It's disgusting. I almost threw up whenever I walked in there. I had to walk through the hall and get her clothes and everything. It was just nasty. It was coming up through my sandals."

Sentimental items, important paperwork, and furniture ruined.

"I don't plan to go back in there until somebody cleans it up," Bodine said. "I can't do it."

As it turns out, help is on the way. The city's insurance company gave the green light today to begin cleaning out the waste water. In the meantime, the homeowners can stay in hotels at the city's expense.

"It's their fault 100 percent," Crumpton said. "I mean, she didn't have anything to do with it."

Next door, meanwhile, Marie Pierson and her family and friends continue to clean up and throw out furniture ruined by the sewage. The third home on Elm Street damaged with the raw sewage is vacant.

The Henderson city manager says, while it will pay for clean-up, it's still undetermined if insurance will cover damaged furniture and personal items.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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