The business's owner, Kaitlin Dahl, told an environmental specialist with the Department of Natural Resources that she slaughtered hogs and cattle earlier this month and flushed the blood down a floor drain, the Register reported. Underground, the drain at the slaughterhouse and the drain under Lestina's home connect to the same pipe, WHO reported.
Officials believe a clog or break in a common pipe is causing the blood to seep into Lestina's home, the Register reported.
Originally, Lestina said the owners were not going to help pay for the cleanup, WHO reported, but earlier this week, he said that they have been in communication and that the butchers have offered to help pay the cleanup and repair bills that are expected to surpass $2,000, the Register reported.
The animal blood, bones and fat are now being pumped into a tank and will be pumped out by a contractor and disposed of correctly, according to the newspaper.
Lestina and his family are living with relatives until the basement can be cleaned.