'It was literally a geyser coming out of my toilet'

Considered unsafe to be in his Hinckley, Minn. home, Heath Kendall could only stand to be inside for a minute, long enough to show cleanup crews the worst of the mess. He was home yesterday morning when raw sewage started spewing 4 feet in the air from both bathrooms all while the city was trying to repair its aging infrastructure.

"It was literally a geyser coming out of my toilet, and it was all human feces covering my walls, covering my tub my floor, everything," Kendall said. "The sinks are full, the tub has toilet paper that came up through the drain. It's bad."

Kendall's home is one of 6 homes with damage, but his and one other are the worst.

"It was a total of about 15 minutes before we even could figure out who to call," he said.

City Administrator Kyle Morell said Minnesota Municipal Sewer Service Company, Ritter & Ritter had been contracted to clean and video record the sewer line on Kendall's block as part of the assessment and repair. Apparently, something caught in the line called for an increase in pressure.

"When you are jetting a line, you do see blow-back into residential houses. Usually it's a little bubbling and can cause toilet water to expand," he said. "Rarely, do you see waste," Morell said.

Now, the City's insurance company and the insurance company for the contractor are battling out who will pay to fix and clean the homes. In the meantime, Kendall and his family will be staying in a hotel for at least one night.

"They will have us cleaned out. We can be back tomorrow, but that still leaves us with no bathrooms," he said.

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