Local Family Forced To Live In Car After Sewage Floods Apartment (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Naomi Driskell, her husband and two sons have been living out of their car since the weekend, after waking up early Saturday morning to a banging on their door.

"It is a smell that you do not want to know. Basically it smelled like 1,000 people went to the bathroom and flushed at once." Driskell remarked of the smell. "And it was an ungodly odor. It smelled so bad. We were gagging as we were trying to get our stuff out of our house."

She said the entire apartment was soaked so she hurried up and grabbed her kids from their beds. That's when she found out that sewage was shooting out of the toilet and bathtub.

Their landlord is ripping up their carpets, steaming to sanitize the floors and cleaning the toilet, tub and sinks so they can move back home.

21Alive reporter, Corinne Rose, asked "how do you do a family of four in one car?" To which Driskell replied "It's very hard. We basically just packed our blankets and our pillows, go to the store and just get lunch meat, bread, cheese, eat sandwiches. Basically the kids, they're in the back and my husband and I are in the front, and we just do it like that."

She said she's never lived in her car before "so it definitely is a new experience".

Driskell says the family only has the clothes on their backs, a few pairs of shoes and a couple outfits for her children left. She said they will be seeking assistance from the Mustard Seed, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

The Red Cross refered the Driskells to a church which gave them one hot meal but because this has not been declared a disaster, the Driskells are on their own.

"This week, we're praying for this week, hopefully." Driskell said. "That's a lot of time in your car. It is, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes."

Several community members have stepped up and are asking how to help the Driskell family. If you'd like to help the Driskell's please email corinner@incnow.tv and she can get your information to the family so they can contact you.

We are also accepting donations for the family at the station. If you would like to donate clothing (for adults and two boys ages 9 & 3), books, toys, non-perishable food, gift cards to big box stores or grocery stores, etc... please drop them off at 3401 Butler Road in Fort Wayne IN. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.




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