It’s Officially Spooky Season—An Iowa Family’s Basement Unexpectedly Fills With Blood

And you thought a little water was bad.

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  • An Iowa family found a grisly scene in the basement of their home when they discovered the room had flooded with 5 inches of blood and animal remains.
  • The remains came from a meat locker right next to the family's home.
  • Officials say the cause of the flooding was either a clogged or broken pipe that sent the waste up into the basement through a floor drain.

    First, the good news: No one was found dead in the situation you'll soon read about.

    Now, the bad news, which is literally everything else about this story: Earlier this week, an Iowa family discovered their basement had flooded with 5 inches of blood and animal remains including tissue, fat, and other debris.

    That's a nightmare scenario any way you slice it, yet Nick Lestina, the owner of the home, managed to keep his cool when describing his family's predicament in the video below.

    How'd the blood get in the basement? See, it's a funny story, actually: The Lestinas happen to live next door to a meat locker, which flushed the animal materials down a drain. Then, "either a clog or break in the pipe sent the waste into [the] basement through a floor drain," officials said.

    To make matters considerably worse, the flooding happened just as the Lestinas were prepping to put their home on the market after 10 years of living next to the meat market without issue.

    "I wouldn't want that for anybody, to have that in their house," Lestina told WHO TV Channel 13 News.

    So Lestina did what anyone would if they found—checks math—five inches of blood in their basement: promptly report the problem to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which confirmed it was animal blood and identified some bones amongst the gore, for good measure.

    Keith Wilken, an environmental specialist with the DNR, told WHO TV that he asked Lestina and Dahl to work together to resolve the issue going forward.

    "This was a very unique situation," said Wilken. Yes! It was!

    While the DNR says the meat locker is cooperating with the investigation, Lestina says the locker did not reach out or take accountability for the issue until the blood flood made news. Lestina and his six family members, meanwhile, are staying with a relative. Due to the blood and guts and bones and stuff.

    Your basement may not be filled with the disgusting remnants of once-living things, but it could be susceptible to water flooding—not as psychologically damaging, to be sure, but no less annoying. For the best advice on what to do if you suddenly find yourself with a swimming pool downstairs, learn How to Fix a Flooding Basement, stat.

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