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South Tulsa hospice flooded by sewage

Posted: 7:52 PM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 23:39:17-04
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TULSA, OK (KJRH) — A sewage line break sent raw sewage and toilet tissue spewing through a South Tulsa hospice center caring for dying patients.

Clarehouse employees said their toilets suddenly began to back up around 4 PM and started to flood the home with foul-smelling sewage. Employees at the facility said they opened exterior grates, and sewage began pouring out of the doorway and running down their driveway.

At around 8 PM, the home transferred their last guest to a nearby facility. City of Tulsa Water and Sewage workers said the issue was resolved and the house could begin turning their water back on.

Clarehouse is a hospice facility that provides end of life care. Currently, it is home to eight guests.

City of Tulsa maintenance crews traced a blockage back to East 73rd Street and used a powerful air pressure system to break it up. They plan to restore service immediately.

Now facing a daunting task of cleaning and sterilizing their facility, Clarehouse staff said they do not yet know how long it will take to allow their guests to return.

For 15 years, Clarehouse has provided care and shelter for the dying in a peaceful setting. Their service is provided free of charge and is supported through donations.

KJRH will continue to update this story as it develops.

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