Elderly woman who went weeks without water needs more help - WNEM TV 5

Elderly woman who went weeks without water needs more help

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local woman who called the TV5 rescue squad after going without water for three weeks is in need of some more help.

Lillie Frazier, 81, of Saginaw, first called frustrated because a pipe in her house broke, leaving her without water.

Frazier said the pipe broke and the company she purchased the warranty from went weeks without helping her.

Frazier said she bought the warranty from the Connecticut-based company called Homeserve, paying them more than $130 a year for coverage in case her home needs plumbing or drainage repairs. She claims she was getting the run-around.

Homeserve has since sent out a contractor, put Frazier up in a hotel and replaced her entire water line.

But the story doesn't end there. When workers came to put in a new pipe they discovered Frazier doesn't have a working heating system in her home.

A new heating system for this house that's more than 100 years old will cost more than $10,000, well beyond what Frazier's social security payments can cover.

A representative for Homeserve tells TV5 the company will be willing to underwrite a portion of the cost if a local contractor would be willing to lend its services.

Frazier said that would be wonderful, but right now she's just thankful to have running water.

“I thank Channel 5 and all they crew that came and helped me in this time of need. Because I'm 81 years old and you know how that is. I just thank you. Thank God," Frazier said.

If you know someone in need of the TV5 Rescue Squad, 989-758-2044 or email us at wnem@wnem.com.

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