Early Wednesday morning Lindsay Gerner and her husband woke up to sewage gushing out of their toilet and flooding their entire basement. “It was an hour and a half, really fiercely pouring out,” said Gerner. “My husband kind of broke down the door and tore up some molding to get it out of here. We opened up the garage door and it just poured out the garage door. We were trying to not let it get to our furnace, so for almost two hours we were shoveling and pushing it out of here.”
At least ten other neighbors experienced the same fiasco, after a water line along West Charlotte Street broke. “The water line broke and as a result of the underground leak the underlying pressure caused the sewer line to break. The sewage backed up,” said Millersville Borough Manager Ed Arnold.
Arnold says homeowners should first contact their insurance. If the damage isn’t covered the borough will try to help, but he says homeowners may have to absorb the costs. “The decision from our perspective, comes from our insurance company. I don’t want to answer for them but there is some municipal immunity statute that would restrict liability for similar cases. We’ll help them as much as we can in directing them. They can also contact Lancaster Water, who runs the water line that initially broke.”