Stinky Situation: Sewage Flood

My name is Laurie Snyder. I am a single mom of two children and have worked for the past eighteen years as a kindergarten teacher assistant at a local elementary school.

On November 26th, thousands of gallons of raw sewage overflowed into my home, soaking into my drywall, into my flooring, seeping into my HVAC unit, bubbling out of my kitchen sink, soaking into my carpeting, and covering my entire home with grime all the way down to the basement.

WRAL covered our story on July 15. 

Up the road from my house, city workers were cleaning and repairing a sewer line clogged with grease. Because the sewage overflow was the result of this clog, the city of Raleigh has claimed that they are not responsible for the sewage flood and will not pay for damages. 

A new coding regulation now requires homes to have a backwater valve if they live downstream from lines. Four years ago, I rebuilt my home after a fire. With that came multiple inspections, including inspections of my plumbing. I was never told that I needed a backwater valve, nor that I should be worried about any issues with wastewater floods or back-flow.

In total, repairs for my home will top $45,000. Insurance payed out $5,000 - barely a drop in the bucket. The hefty bill for necessary repairs is more than I can handle, and I am doing all I can to restore our home. We have neither heat nor air conditioning. During the winter, we huddled around space heaters in coats, and now we are dealing with 90F+ degree weather. 

This GoFundMe is to assist as I make necessary repairs to our family home. Right now, my priorities are completely replacing the HVAC unit/system and installing a backwater valve.

Any surplus donations will go towards repairing flooring, walls, carpeting, and any other expenses that may arise as we clean up this mess.

Thank you for the support of both my family and myself as we try to clean up and repair our home and lives. We greatly appreciate your generosity. 

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Laurie Irwin Snyder 
Raleigh, NC
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