Waco apartment complex goes one week without water after pipe burst causes ceiling to cave in

WACO, TX – Today is a week without water for an entire apartment complex in Waco.

The people who live there are fed up and can’t do much about it.

On February 15, a frozen pipe burst in the attic, releasing water and causing the ceiling to collapse in multiple units in the Circle at 1800 Apartments in Waco.

It’s getting old for Leigh Cole, husband and father of two. “Right now, everyone is just a little upset about the situation you are familiar with,” said Cole.

There is no drop of water on Tuesday morning. The dishes are piling up and he’s fresh out of the snow to melt and flush the toilet.

Sunday “Was the first time I’d showered in four days because I had to drive to my mother’s house, which is about a 45-minute drive away,” said Cole.

According to Lucas Loafman, law professor at A&M Central Texas, the window of time for repairs is typically 7 days, but the overwhelming demand for supplies and contractors is slowing this down.

“People are fully booked, so these availability windows they generally talk about become, burst plumbing, etc, which speed up this reasonable time. If a plumber is available, an electrician, etc is going to be a serious problem,” Loafman said .

Management shares 25 news that they are doing everything they can. “I just wish they would say that if they are going to fix things,” said Cole.

FEMA offers to cover part of the property damage that people deal with.

According to FEMA, if insurance doesn’t cover all of your damage, you may be eligible for federal aid.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is to visit this website.

If you cannot register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

The toll-free phone lines operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.

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