KTIV

The saying “don’t go in the basement” was true for one family in Iowa when many gallons of blood flooded their home due to a leak from a meat locker next door.

The deluge couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nick Lestina and his family of seven as he was just about to put his home on the market.

KTIV reports that nearly five inches of blood and viscera flowed through the bottom floor as a result of the adjacent Dahl’s Meat Locker dumping hog and cattle remains down a floor drain they both share.

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The Lestina’s have lived next to the butcher shop for a decade and haven’t had any problems.

He contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who came out and tested the water and confirmed the slop was made of animal fat, bones, and blood. The Department of Health also had to come in and test the water for safety.

But Dahl’s meat locker, currently under investigation, has yet to extend an olive branch to the family says Lestina.

“They haven’t reached out at all. In fact, they haven’t taken any accountability for it,” said Lestina. “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.”

The family is trying to recover what they can after the flood. They stored many of their belongings in the basement which have become soaked with blood, including a new mattress they were holding on to once their toddler was big enough to use it.

You can watch the full news report HERE.