80-year-old Cedar Rapids woman gets running water back after 10 days with frozen pipes

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – An 80-year-old Cedar Rapids woman

The recent cold weather has caused many of the people’s pipes to be frozen. Dorcas Henderson spoke to KCRG-TV9 about the difficult week and a half without running water.

“Last Wednesday a week ago, I got up around 3am and was almost frozen. And I realized my oven was off. And then I realized my oven wasn’t working, so I turned the water on and I realized it wasn’t working either, ”says Henderson. She could have her furnace repaired, but her pipes were still frozen.

Her grandchildren brought heaters to try to thaw the frozen pipes and made several visits to work on them.

“My two older grandchildren tried, the guy across the street is trying, it’s just stubborn,” said Henderson. But she didn’t let that stop her and said: “Before, my grandma went out and fetched the snow and melted it. So I told my other grandson, who is staying here, we’re going to get the snow and melt it. And he kind of looks at me like hmmm. “

She and her grandson used water made from melted snow to flush the toilets, and other family members and neighbors brought bottles of drinking water to use in cooking.

Henderson says she is grateful for her family’s support and says, “Mental support, you know I can do this. They think I’m an iron woman. They always say you can, mom, I know you can. “She says it’s been a challenging week and a half, but that resilience runs in her family and says,” Grandma got through and I can get through too. That’s the way it is. “

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