The residents of sixteen homes near Hallsville have been without running water since before Thanksgiving. At Timberbrook trailer park, their life has been a day to day struggle to bring in water to meet every daily need.
They've been bucketing water in for weeks for cooking, and bathing and trying to raise enough money to have a new water system installed. Today, they took joy in seeing their driveway torn up.
"It's the day that all these people have been waiting for , the new line is going in and within a few weeks, they'll have running water," says resident Cathy Goforth. The problem has been that each resident is an individual landowner, so when a state agency deemed their water well contaminated, they had to come up with an alternative on their own. East Texans have responded with generosity, donating thousands of dollars to put in a new system.
"Thank you very much, it's much appreciated you didn't know there was as many people who cared until this situation came about," said resident Katrina Maglott. As work began on a 1750 foot system that will supply running water to 16 homes, even construction workers were treated as heroes.
"They are already coming through, thanking us, trying to get us coffee in the morning, anything we want they try to help us out," said construction worker Tim Dorman.
The residents still need some financial help to complete the project. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the Timberbrook drive water fund at the First State Bank of Hallsville.
Bob Hallmark, reporting.