Iowa Family Forced to Temporarily Move Out After Their Basement Was Flooded With Animal Blood, Fat and Bones: 'No One Wants to See That, Smell That'

A family of seven in Iowa has been forced out of their home after their basement was flooded with animal blood, fat, and bones.

Almost five inches of animal byproducts from a meat locker next door filled the bottom of the Lestina family home in the city of Bagley, Guthrie County, earlier this month, NBC affiliated WHO TV Channel 13 News reported. Officials advised the family to leave their home while it was cleaned to avoid the biohazard.

Some of the family's belongings were ruined, including a bed they had hoped their 1-year-old son could use one day.

Nick Lestina told the broadcaster he had lived beside a butcher for a decade, but claimed he ran into problems after the store changed hands earlier this year.

According to Greene County News Online, Jared and Kaitlin Dahl (whose name was spelled as Katelyn by Channel 13 News) took over at Dahl's Custom Meat Locker on April 1, after working at the facility for a number of years. The business sells cattle and hogs, as well as goats, elk, sheep and deer.

Jared Dahl said at the time: "Anything with four legs, we'll butcher it."

Fast forward over six months, and Lestina claimed to Channel 13 News that following the flooding the pair "haven't reached out at all. In fact, they haven't taken any accountability for it.

"They say it's not their fault and told me 'good luck.' If I want to do anything about it, it's on my dime and my schedule."

Lestina said: "I'm looking into thousands of dollars with cleanup, over 2,000 just to sanitize the basement. I don't have thousands of dollars to throw away at this."

He added: "No one wants to see that, smell that. I wouldn't want that for anybody in their house.

"I wouldn't really wish this on anybody, but all I can do is keep moving forward and try to take care of the problem."

The family plans to press charges if Dahl's Custom Meat Locker's doesn't offer to help, Lestina said.

In a Facebook post seen by MailOnline, Dahl's Custom Meat Locker said they were not aware of the plumbing issue when the store was bought.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources alerted the business of the problem on October 3, and it "immediately corrected the issue the following day."

"This was not our fault, however, we are taking full responsibility of the issue and corrected it immediately," the statement read, adding: "We are continuing to work closely with the DNR [Department of Natural Resources] to make sure things are done correctly."

The Iowa Department of Public Health has launched an investigation into the incident.

Kevin Wilken, an environment specialist at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which is also involved in the probe, told Newsweek he visited the property on October 4 following a slaughter two days prior. He confirmed the floor drains in the meat locker were connected to the Lestina residence.

A blockage in the facility's drainage system caused the animal remains to pour into the home.

The meat locker plugged the floor drains, he said, and installed a pump to direct the waste from the building into a holding tank.

"The discharge of additional animal blood and fat has ceased. However, the tile line that the residence is connected to and the meat locker was connected to is still plugged and/or broken," he explained. "It remains unknown as to how the issue with the plugged and/or broken tile line will be solved."

The family has been out of their home since October 3 and "it is unknown as to when they can return," he said.

This article has been updated with comment from Keith Wilken.

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