BATES CITY, Mo. -- Imagine going on vacation to sunny Florida, only to receive a nightmarish phone call that back in Missouri your house is flooded with thousands of gallons of water. To add insult to injury, the recent frigid weather has frozen the water into huge piles of ice.
"It was definitely terrifying because we're a thousand miles away and could do nothing to help our house!" homeowner Stephanie Parker said during a phone interview.
For more than a week, Stephanie and Adam Parker and their seven children were enjoying their vacation in Tallahassee, Florida until their neighbor, Heather Porter, called with awful news.
"It just kept running and running," Stephanie Parker said.
A pipe inside the Parker's third-floor bathroom burst, spilling at least 44,000 gallons of water throughout the family's house in rural Bates City. A friend of the couple took cellphone video of the fallen drywall and trail of massive damage from the family's bathroom to the kitchen to their living room.
"The pictures you've seen are all we've seen. We have no idea what our house looks like. We have no idea what could be saved, if we lost precious memories," Stephanie Parker said.
Porter said it's a scene fit for the silver screen.
"Like something out of a movie, like a poltergeist movie," Porter said.
She is still stunned by all of the thick layers of ice, now sticking out of the house's windows and forming along its foundation. Porter called the water department, which finally shut off the home's water system on Monday. With the home in bad condition, the Stephanie Parker said she and the kids are staying put.
"I will be staying down here with the children until our house is livable again."
Adam Parker is desperately trying to get back to the home and soon. As you can imagine, he just wants to get his home back to normal.