Residents Fear Losing Water Pump

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WASHINGTON COUNTY Washington county residents are still dealing with flood issues that started in the spring. County officials have used a water pump in the area since April to help remove some of the standing water.

Without federal help, county officials may have to remove that pump.

The past three months have been tough for the Fendleys.

"Well it started back in April, slowly been coming up til it climaxed about the fourth week of April,” explained Don Fendley. “A severe thunderstorm that Sunday."

Heavy rain damaged many homes and yards on rolling pines road. FEMA and county officials stepped in and placed this water pump in a neighbor’s front yard, hoping to control the water.

"Well, before it was all the way around our home and now it has receded you know right around the back door," said Shirley Fendley.

The water pump has been turned off since Monday; Fendley said the family needs this pump to help deal with issues such as his wife's disabilities.

"Having to commute all the way to the house and then back again. Its been real hard on me. Usually my husband will ride me down to the end of the road where I keep my walker and my wheelchair," explained Shirley Fendley.

But Don Fendley recently got a call saying the pump would be shut down over the lack of funding.

"Washington County was declared for a declaration, which now has ended," said County Coordinator David Corbin.

Without funding from FEMA, the county would have to pay around $200 a day for the pump.

"The county is obligated, that we want to help the residents all we can. We can't leave them forever, but we gone re-evaluate them and we're gonna do everything we can to help the residents of that Rolling Pines community."

County officials plan to assess the area next Monday to see if they still need the pump.


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