West residents could go without water for weeks

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 6:41 PM

WEST, Texas -- People in West are starting to move back home, but life is hardly back to normal.

"Basically having to go somewhere else for laundry, showers and bathroom," said 14-year old Brandon Murry.

The people who are able to go back into their homes are without water. The city says it could be up to three weeks before water is turned back on.

Murry and his family found a hot shower in a parking lot down the street.

"It's pretty helpful," Murry said. "I'm glad they have it here."

"Here in West there is no water, so we had to find a water source," said Texas Baptist Men's Stan Knight.

Knight said that source is a donated milk tank truck that holds 6,000 gallons of water. It sits across from First Baptist Church in West.

"We like to refer to it as the Hilton on wheels!" he said.

The group is offering a free place to shower and do laundry.

"We have met some who have not had a shower in four or five days, have dirty clothes that have not been washed," Knight said.

Knight said his organization often responds to disasters but this is a first.

"It's the first time I've been involved in [an explosion], and the first time we've had a water supply," Knight said.

As soon as he heard news of the explosion in West he immediately wanted to help.

"For me this is kind of a day at the office," he said.

Knight said they'll stay as long as they are needed, whether it's for a free shower, laundry or a prayer.

 

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