Sewer backup

The toilet and sink show apparent waste water in a photo of the basement flooding, taken by Nicole M. DiPietro, Franz Walker's girlfriend, to document the damage of the family home in north Baltimore. Flood waters from a winter storm built up enough back pressure, the homeowners say, that caused sewage waste to breach a toilet, bathtub and an additional line, flooding the basement with waste water. The sump pump kicked in, spilling the raw sewage into back yards of the home and others, they say. 

Nicole DiPietro / Baltimore Sun
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