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Jan 6, 2014 10:37 PM by Janine Reyes

Water Woes at Misty Winds

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Hundreds of people living in a trailer park have had to go without water daily since last week.

Now, one woman who lives there is hoping today was the last day. Turns out, though, there's really no telling.

Running water is a sound that's been rare inside the Misty Winds Property, since last Wednesday.

"It's been off all week, every day, it's, the kids are out of school you know," said Toni Lob Elsberry, who lives there.

Without warning, the water keeps getting turned off, daily, for hours at a time. Making what is usually a necessity, more of a commodity around here. Elsberry says, with no advance notice, she's crossing her fingers she wakes up with water tomorrow when the kids go back to school.

"Showers, brushing teeth, going to the bathroom, making them breakfast, getting them ready," she described her usually busy mornings. "And pray to God that there's water, please have water," she said.

A trickle of water is what we first found today when we stopped by around 2 p.m. Elsberry says it started around 9 this morning.

What's been more frustrating than the water woes, is trying to find out why. "They're saying it's because of the city main pipes. But then when you call the city for the main pipes, they're like, no, its because they're wanting to do maintenance on some body's homes," Elsberry said.

Community Manager Ann Marie Wuerth says it is a problem they are seeing a lot lately. "It's been a daily occurrence," 6 News asked. "It's been happening more often, yes, ma'am," replied Wuerth.

She says her residents get no notice because neither does she.

"We don't want to turn the water off, it's the 4 inch high pressure lines underneath the houses that are breaking and we don't get any warnings on those, they just burst," Wuerth explained.

She says the property may eventually install turn off valves so the entire property is not affected by those pipe bursts, but for the time being, if one pipe bursts all 300 or so units have to go without.

"We're having to deal with this continually, it's unreal," Elsberry said.

Wuerth did refer us to corporate, but they did not return the call. Tonight, the complex does have water. Many are hoping that's still the case in the morning.

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