Water woes continue in city of Cumberland

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Some who live in Cumberland said they have had to find new sources of water thanks to an ongoing problem.

Mandrell said it is difficult to bathe her children, brush her teeth and cook for her family without the resource. Mandrell and her neighbor Josh Hudson said this is not the first time. One council member said he believes that the mayor is not doing enough to fix the problem.

Charles Raleigh said he had been told the problem has been going on around a month and a half. Raleigh said he believed that there is not enough is being done and the situation is becoming even more dangerous as the temperatures rise.

Some who live in Cumberland said they have had to find new sources of water thanks to an ongoing problem.

“This is the creek that a lot residents have to use to get water to flush their commode, not to drink obviously,” said Candace Mandrell, a resident in one apartment complex in Cumberland who has been living without reliable water.

A couple hundred people have been without reliable water for weeks after city officials said a line busted, leaving them with few options for drinkable water.

“I mean even if you wanted to use it to flush your commode, there is no telling what you could step on, hypotermic needles, glass, metal,” said Mandrell, referring to a nearby creek that neighbors used to flush toilets or mop floors.
“You could go to the doctor for various reasons or tetanus just by getting a bucket of water.”

Mandrell said the creek was not clean and she did not feel safe getting water out of it but lived on a fixed income and had to do it to get by.

“It is hard enough having to buy water,” said Mandrell.
“We have been given cases of water, but I have three children and it’s simply not enough.”

City Council Members said they have brought this to the Mayor's attention multiple times, but nothing has been done.

“Myself and several other council members have called him after citizens called us and we told him we wanted the problem fixed and if we have to go above his head to do it we would,” said Raleigh.

They said this problem has gone on for too long.

“I mean if you are going a month and a half and you have still got a problem it tells me you don't care to try to help them fix the issue,” said Raleigh.

Until the root of the problem is fixed, running water for those who live here will remain unpredictable.

WYMT briefly spoke with Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield, but phone calls were not returned concerning this issue. Raleigh saids he plans on calling higher authorities to get something done.

Raleigh said that anyone wanting to voice concerns can always come to the monthly council meeting. The next one will be held on June 12th at 6:30.

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