Heavy rain ruins home in Stirum, NDFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Severe weather rolled through a town called Stirum, North Dakota, straight west of Gwinner.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Severe weather rolled through a town called Stirum, North Dakota, straight west of Gwinner.
That's where it down-poured, and in a matter of minutes everything in one family's home was destroyed. Six inches of rain was literally dumped all around the area near Stirum.
Many of the roads are now waterlogged. All of this flood water ruined many homes, causing basements to sink and sewage systems to overflow.
Tracy Nicholson/Home Owner: "It came down really fast, in a really short period of time."
It's only been a few days.
Nicholson: "The smell upstairs. It started smelling upstairs."
But the stench, the humidity and a massive amount of work still lingers.
Nicholson: "All the furniture is going to have to be burned there was sewage throughout the whole basement. The kitchen had to be ripped out."
Hundreds of gallons of sewage found its way back into the house. Through a downstairs tub and toilet.
Nicholson: "Everything was destroyed."
Next door, tracy's 19 year old son, who's battling brain cancer had to pack up, avoiding additional health problems.
Nicholson: "There's nothing left down there that can be salvaged."
He and his younger brother who has Down Syndrome, are now staying with their care giver, Lori Sherbrooke.
Lorie Sherbrooke-Caregiver: "Everything had to be destroyed , and taken out because you cannot disinfect enough. It has to be it's gone."
And as if the situation couldn't get any worse.
Blankets, pictures and other memorie of tracy's two deceased daughters - erased.
Nicholson: "It's really hard, when you have two kids gone you can't replace, You can't replace the stuff that you had."
The Nicholson family does have insurance to cover most of the damage.
But they're not sure how long it will take to fully clean and remodel the house, so their sons can come back home.