Town Without Water

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 8:19am

Texas town shuts off all water over the weekend.

A north Texas town shut off its water Sunday to catch up with demand after a major water main break spilled two million gallons.

Then Monday night the fire department got a call of house fire right down the street, panicking residents in this small town.

A house fire in Kemp. It's the worst case scenario for the town, that's been without running water for more than 24 hours now.

The city shut off all the water Sunday afternoon after the town's two water tanks ran completely dry due to the extreme heat. Workers were in the process of refilling the tanks when this happened.

Lanita Grayson says "my husband ran down there, I called 911."

Neighbors, like Lanita Grayson, watched in fear, as her town's fire department battled the blaze without their own water supply.

Firefighters relied on a portable water tank from the county and the help of neighboring agencies

Firefighters contained the fire to this home, and no one was found inside.

Mayor Donald Kile says "thank the Lord we got people that do what they do trained take care of what needs to be done, that's the biggest deal."

The town's mayor is a volunteer firefighter. He hopes the water will be back up and running by Tuesday afternoon.

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