NORTH PROVIDENCE - "The problem was in the sewer. And when they backed up... the problem became mine," said 86 year old Teresa Lepore. She's had enough... 5 bouts of flooding over the last 3 decades have caused so much damage to her Angell Rd. Home that the basement apartment had to be completely gutted.
The worst part: the flooding consisted of raw sewage – backed up from waste pipes.
"This last time I really got weak in the knees... And, um, I just got so sick," she said.
Each time her basement flooded, Teresa says she filed a claim with the town.
And through the insurance company, the town helped pay for repairs.
But her last two claims were denied, so she's suing the town for $1 million.
"To cover purchase of the home, loss of value, and the furnishings, and literally all the aggravation of putting up with this for literally a generation" said her grandson Dean Lees. "An 86 year old shouldn't have to do that. You're supposed to be in your golden years, and the town of North Providence has prohibited that."
We did reach out to the town but the mayor said that he had no comment. He did confirm that everything is in litigation.
In total repairs to the home have cost more than $40 thousand not including a $2,000 check valve that Teresa had installed with money out of her own pocket... hoping to end the problem once and for all.
But even that didn't work.
"I'm on a fixed income like many retired people. And I just don't have this kind of money to be spending on that," she said.