Grissoms Seek Answer for Damaged House

A Meridian family is calling for action, after raw sewage flooded their house over three months ago.

For the past three months Harold and Nell Grissom say they have been without a home. It was Jan. 19 when they say raw sewage started pouring into their house through their bathrooms.

According to them this happened as city employees were working on the city's sewage line.

In all, the Grissoms estimate that between four to six inches of raw sewage filled parts of their house, causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

"There was one insurance lady out of Mississippi that came for them. She walked in and called Texas and told them, 'You're looking at $100,000 on furniture alone'," said Nell Grissom.

"We haven't had anybody from city hall to call us or see how we are doing or anything," said Harold Grissom.

Newscenter 11 spoke with Mayor Cheri Barry Monday. She admits the city's guilt and says she is sorry about what has happened. However, she says the city has fulfilled its obligation and paid its deductible to the insurance provider and now it's in the hands of Travelers Insurance.

Recently, Grissom said the insurance company offered them $18,000 to fix the inside of the house. However, with several bedrooms and bathrooms needing to be gutted, a number of walls needing to be painted and carpet and tile to be replaced, they say that's just not enough. That's why they now remain without a home.

Nell Grissom is one of the most well-known members of the community, even after her retirement in 2006. She spent forty years running The Wesley House Community Center, helping thousands of people over the years.


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