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Frozen Pipes Leave Jackson Residents Without Running Water

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - This cold weather has ceratinly affected a lot of people this year from power outages to road conditions.

Unfortunately for some, it's not over yet.

6 News Reporter Joe Khalil says residents are not getting much help from the city.

Cindi Abbey has funadmentally changed the way she goes about her day from brushing her teeath to flushing toilets.

Abbey's home is one of many Jackson households whose pipes are frozen.

In the past three weeks she and her husband have only had three days with running water.

"You know I feel like a pioneer woman having to wash dishes with hot water that you've had to boil. Luckily we've been able to go to friends' house to take showers," said Abbey.

Abbey says because the pipes begin where her lawn ends the city told her it's her responsibility to fix them.

"If I had known this 18 days ago, I would've had a contractor out here taking care of it."

Abbey is a cancer patient and needs to keep a certain level of cleanliness in her home.

"It's not sanitary. When I get sick I get sick. It's not like I get a sniffle or a cold," says Abbey.

She isn't alone, the mayor says there could be up to 100 homes without running water in the city, but unfortunately he says there's not much he can do.

"I feel terrible about it," said Jason Smith, Mayor, City of Jackson.

Mayor Jason Smith says the city's prohibited by ordinance to repair pipes on homeowners property.

He says the city's thawed some pipes, but it's costly and they've frozen right back up again.

"It just becomes too expensive to keep coming out every three or four days and doing that. We haven't been able to find a solution that works on a permanent basis," said Mayor Smith.

For Abbey, she may have to wait for mother nature to get her water flowing again.

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