People in Waterproof speaking out after weeks without water

Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 7:05 PM CST
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The Town of Waterproof is completely without water. People say its been that way for weeks. This all comes after the cold snap we had earlier this month.

"We've been on doing this for three weeks and we're going on to another month. If your family was in these type of positions and these conditions, you would be down here!" said Debra Cameron, owner of Stop N' Shop in Waterproof.

The people of Waterproof are outraged and there's plenty of blame to go around.

"If it's broke anywhere, fix it!" said Waterproof resident Ray Mize.

Waterproof has been without water for almost a month.The mayor says cold weather started the problem. Town leaders have been going door to door, giving out bottled water. There's also a potable water tank in tow for people to use, too.

Others get their water elsewhere.

"We do have to run out in the country to somebody's house that's got a bathroom and water," said Mize. "That put's a burden and me and the wife and the people that we go to."

Some say the mayor isn't solely to blame here.

"it is not the town council and the mayor's fault, it's the Tensas rural water fault," said Herbert Williams, Waterproof resident and former member of Waterproof's board of Aldermen.

"We need to stop blaming the mayor because this is not the mayor's fault. This is mankind. This is nature's fault," said Cameron.

Debra Cameron is the owner of Stop N' Shop. She says no water. Has cost her money and customers.

"It's frustrating for me, not only as a business owner. I've lost two to three weeks of customers telling them, 'I can cook for you today because I can't wash my hands,'” said Cameron.

She says businesses aren't the only ones suffering either.

"We have elderly people down here suffering. They can't carry water from that water buffalo," said Cameron.

Some have questions about the town's water distributor.

"They've got eight towers, they've got to keep full. And we're number eight. They're keeping the seven that's out in the country and they're not worrying about Waterproof."

The people here just say something needs to be done to make sure this doesn't happen again.