Raw sewage leaking into Houston apartment

November 28, 2011 8:32:07 AM PST
A local woman says her Thanksgiving was not happy because of a leak in her home.

Katina Givens says what's leaking is raw sewage, and it has made living in her apartment on Bluebonnet Place Circle a health risk.

It's been a difficult situation for this single mom of two.

Givens first thought the wet carpet in her apartment was a minor spill.

"I noticed water in the hallway. I thought one of the kids spilled a cup of water or something, but it got worse and worse," she said.

Before she knew it, the carpet was soaked at her Allen Parkway Village apartment and it wasn't plain water.

"Raw sewage, yes ma'am," she said.

The Houston ISD food services worker says Thanksgiving break was a nightmare at her Houston Housing Authority apartment where she lives with her two daughters, ages 8 and 15.

"It's sloshing all on your feet and I'm wearing shoes and feel like my feet is getting wet on the inside," she said.

The sewage has been coming from the faucets in the laundry room.

"It's coming from the holes you see," she said.

According to Givens, maintenance came to soak up some of the water Saturday night, but the problem still wasn't fixed on Sunday.

Clothes, furniture and food had to be tossed.

"Everything was ruined so I had to throw it away last night," Givens said.

And it's affecting the neighbors, too.

"I started smelling it really heavy in my living room, so I started opening up the windows and stuff," neighbor Tameishia Cooper said.

Cooper said she couldn't have family over for Thanksgiving dinner because of it.

"We have children. We definitely have children and that's something that they don't understand," she said.

Givens just wants to live in a place where she feels safe with her girls.

"I hope they move me to another apartment because I feel like the whole apartment is contaminated. The walls could be mildewed, molded, anything," she said. "I just don't want to live here inside this apartment anymore."

The Houston Housing Authority released a statement Sunday, saying they were intitially notified Saturday night about a leaking washing machine. Officials said repairs were made and they thought the issue was resolved. They were notified again Sunday night and responded again. They said the carpet will be replaced as soon as repairs are completed.

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