6 days without water forces Jackson man to bathe in lake


JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) -Around the Jackson area hundreds of homes are still without power.

It’s been going on for nearly a week now for some families, and for some it means going back to how things were in the 30s.

“It reminds me of my life when I was about 10 years old,” said 93-year-old Bob Raby. “We had to haul our own water, life was hard.”

His son Doug lives up the road, both homes have been without power going on six days.

“I understand they got a lot of crews here, they’re doing their best,” Doug said. “I’m not knocking them, but it’s a long time.”

Doug says he never realized the luxuries he took for granted.

“You walk up to the kitchen sink and then you’re like oh yeah, this doesn’t work. Daily we have to take our buckets to an artisan well down at the lake. That’s how we fill our toilets and how we do dishes,” Doug said.

It was just about that time again. So Doug grabbed his buckets, loaded up his truck and drove on down to the lake.

On the way down to the water, a neighboring barn could be seen with its doors blown off.

Doug arrived at the well and despite having a pacemaker, hip replacements, and three surgeries on his ankle, he walks down the dock to fill his buckets.

He’s even had to use the lake for hygiene.

“I’ve taken my baths right here in Sweezy lake,” Doug said. “Come on down with a bar of soap down in the water like I did when I was a kid with hay.”

Then he has to make it back home and change out his water.

Just like he’s been doing every day for almost a week

6 News drove around the area searching for consumers energy crews and found dozens of contract workers at a cafe.

They came from Tennessee last week and said off-camera even they didn’t know how long they’d be around.

As for the Raby’s, they’re keeping a positive attitude

“I’m blessed with a wonderful family, they’re taking very good care of me,” Bob said. “I couldn’t be any better off.”

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