Family raises a stink over flushing problem

Rodney Varnes and his family must use a bathroom about a block away from the house they rent.
Rodney Varnes and his family must use a bathroom about a block away from the house they rent.

Rodney Varnes and his wife and four kids can't even use the bathroom in their own domicile -- one they rent to harbor them, to keep them safe -- and clean.

Bathroom's off limits, they say, because what the toilet flushes doesn't flush. It simply takes a detour -- into the bathtub and the sink.

Eww.

Because they can't use the restroom in the house they rent, they're forced to use a public bathroom down the street from their home in Pemberville. When that's closed, the family has nowhere to go.

So, they've contacted Call 11 for Action problem solver Mika Highsmith for help.

"There's no way to go to the bathroom, to take a shower, to wash up," Varnes says.

Varnes says his landlord was contacted by the Wood County Health Department and given a seven-day notice to fix the problem. The man has yet to begin, Varnes says.

Mika went to find landlord Larry Moore at the restaurant he owns right across the street from the house he leases to the Varnes. Moore has an explanation; he says the problem is so bad, he has to put in a new pipe.

"We have to tear up the entire floor to get to it," Moore says.

But they can't start until the Varners leave the premises, a move the family would rather not take.

"I feel sorry for them. We wouldn't want to be evicted, kicked out," Moore says.

At this point, the Varnes are left with no choice.

"We can't have them live in an uninhabitable place," Moore says.

The health department has deemed that place uninhabitable and the Moores must begin working on that line within seven days or the health department will take legal action.

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