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Water problem plagues neighbors through holiday

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Some downtown Beaumont residents spent this Thanksgiving without water. A problem those along Saint Anthony Avenue believe should have been fixed Monday morning. 

Running water never looked so good to William Wyckoff. Before 6 p.m. Monday the most water he had seen down his street were puddles.

"It's been just dribbles of water. No water to take a bath, no water to drink. No water to flush the commode. It's just chaos," Wyckoff said of the problem.

Since Tuesday November 26, Wyckoff says he has had minimal water pressure. 

"All the neighbors were in the street like we don't have any water. What's up with this? we went to work today expected to have water tonight. Still no water," Wyckoff said.

To cope with the inconvenience Wyckoff has been bathing and brushing his teeth at his mother's house. 

At least 11 other homes on the street have had minimal water pressure or no water at all. And at least one person has gone longer than Wyckoff without water. 

"She's a school teacher. She needs to take a bath everyday. I need to take a bath everyday," he said. 
Wyckoff claims water utilities told him Monday it'd be another three days. But suddenly an effort was made late Monday to repair the problem. Still, Wyckoff was not happy. 

Some neighbors are still without water or have weak pressure. 

Workers are expected to continue repairs Tuesday morning. Neighbors say they have not been given an explanation for the water problems. 

12News attempted to call Water Utilities Director Dr. Hani Tomhe and left a voice mail but have not heard back from him as of Monday night.


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