Family returns home but still unsettled after mercury spill

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

The yellow tape is gone from outside Theresa Frater's home on Shelby Street, but then again so is most of her family's furniture and clothes.

"We lost pieces, a little something out of each room," said Frater of her furniture, adding to the list, "some of us don't have shoes, our shoes were contaminated."

Frater says her daughter lost nearly all of her clothing and her toys. Still, some Lexington churches and the Environmental Protection Agency are doing their best to help this family get back on their feet.

"They all said they saw it on channel 27, so that's how they knew," claimed Frater, who says many items were donated and the EPA even took her family shopping for some new items.

"We were told yesterday that we'd be able to move in today, but we didn't believe it. When they told us that they (EPA) were going to take us shopping this morning, then I knew if we're going shopping then we must be going home."

But even the new items and the return home aren't enough to erase the fears that Fraser feels after the spill.

"Can you drink the water and what's that smell," described Frater, "we were told to discard some of the food, and so that's kind of scary to you, too. Because when you're told to discard some of the food, you're scared to eat any of the food."

Inside the home, mounds of boxes and bagged up clothing reminds Frater that she's not in the clear just yet.

"The boxes I was told to discard of, when you open them, (I was told to) take them straight out of the house. So we haven't went through all of the boxes yet," Frater elaborated of the process, "we have one nightmare that's over and another one to begin."

Although, she's pretty confident and ready to take it on, because, after all, they're back home.

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