Businesses and a home in Layton damaged by raw sewage

Posted at 5:57 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 19:57:07-04

LAYTON, Utah – Four businesses and a home are cleaning up after raw sewage back flowed into buildings Wednesday night.

The back-up happened while contractors C&L Water Solutions worked on a nearby sewer line. Thursday, project superintendent BJ Riggins said they were still looking into the exact cause.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Riggins said. “We had a building back up, we’re doing everything we can to get it cleaned up right now.”

Darren Wible’s dental assisting school was one of the buildings flooded. He said water flowed for about 12 minutes, filling his office with about three to four inches of water and sewage.

“Within two minutes, we were completely flooded,”  Wible said. “Coming out the front door here, water and sewage and everything all over my laboratories and all over every room.”

Riggins said they immediately called clean up crews to come help, and he said they are working with insurance to cover all of the damage. There’s no estimate on damages yet, but Wible said he estimates it could be upward of $100,000 per office.

“The things that are really important, they’ll have to disinfect so we can keep,” said Donna Tipiani, an office manager at Platinum Dental Care. “They’re still assessing how bad the damage goes, as far as possibly having tile needing to be replaced, cabinets being replaced. It’s pretty bad.”

Business owners said they’re grateful for the quick response and helpfulness from C&L, but they worry the biggest hit will be having to close their doors during restoration. It may take several weeks to get things back to working order.

“It’s hard within a dental office, being medically related, you want to be sterile and everything,” Wible said.

C&L says they’re taking what happened very seriously, and their first priority is returning affected homes and businesses to their original condition, or better, as soon as possible.