Huron Co. village remains without water - WNEM TV 5

Huron Co. village remains without water

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PIGEON, MI (WNEM) -

Running water is something many of us don't think about when we turn on our faucets at home. But Wayne Evans hasn't seen a drop of water in his home for awhile.

Evans lives in the Huron County village of Pigeon. Since January, residents here have been advised to keep a pencil stream of water running in their homes 24 hours a day. All in an effort to keep pipes from freezing because of this winter's brutally cold air. Unfortunately for Evans, that wasn't enough.

Evans home is one of nine in town that lost water. Even though he's had to find other places to shower, and take trips to the village hall to pick up gallons of water provided by the town, he tells me he's pleased with how local leaders are dealing with the situation.

"Our council members have probably set the example for how this type of problem should be handled," says Evans.

The village superintendent declined TV5's request for an on camera interview. But he did say that this is the worst winter he's seen since the water tower completely froze up back in the mid-1960's.

Village officials say they've made seven water pipe repairs over the last five days. We're told the village is eating the cost of the repairs. The village is also delivering water to those that need it free of charge. Trying to solve the problem that four feet of underground frost has created.

Meanwhile, the town set up a ground thawing system in front of Evan's house. He's hopeful the heat from the 170 degree water will be enough to melt the frost. Restoring running water to his home again.

Town officials say they expect water to be restored to residents by the end of this week.

Meanwhile, the folks in Pigeon aren't alone. More than a hundred homes in the city of Jackson have been without running water for more than 50 days.

City officials say frozen pipes are to blame and that they're doing everything they can.

Jackson city officials say the harsh winter made frozen pipes inevitable.

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