Woman says plumbing issues at NYCHA housing results in human waste overflow in bathroom

Brown shared videos with News 12 of her sink, tub and toilet back up and overflow--sending human waste flooding across the floor.

News 12 Staff

Aug 14, 2021, 9:59 PM

Updated 1,015 days ago

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A Melrose woman says issues with the plumbing in her NYCHA housing have worsened and she is now forced to look for a new place to live. 
Dominique Brown says her toilet has been an issue ever since she moved to the Saint Mary Apartments back in 2015. However, she says since June, things have gone from bad to unlivable. 
Brown tells News 12 that sometimes the issue arises when she flushes the toilet or she’s in the shower. She says she’ll hear the water running or a toilet flushing in one of the neighboring apartments. 
Brown shared videos with News 12 of her sink, tub and toilet back up and overflow--sending human waste flooding across the floor. 
While she says she has made multiple calls and has two open housing tickets with NYCHA, they’ve never sent a plumber to check on the issue. 
She says they always say they’ll send someone over, but they either don’t show or just clean up the water and leave without fixing the problem. 
Brown says the flooding goes through the apartment--feces and urine up to 3 inches deep seen in the hallway. 
She says this has caused damage to the walls and left a smell and created mold. She says the mold has forced her and her three children to throw out some of their belongings like clothes, shoes and furniture. 
Brown tells News 12 she has found a new apartment and should be moving out by the end of the month. 
She says she is worried about whoever moves into the apartment after her. 
News 12 reached out to NYCHA for comment and hasn’t heard back yet


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