Faulty Fire Hydrants in Big Lake 7/12/13
CBS 7 News
July 12, 2013
Twenty-five of Big Lake's fire hydrants don't even work, making it increasingly difficult for the firefighters to put out a blaze.
This is not a new problem, Fire Chief Alan Garner, says it’s been going on for 10 years.
City Secretary, Evelyn Ammons, says it’s an issue of aging infrastructure and a lack of city employees.
Because of this oversight, Anna Chavez's family is without a home.
"It was hard to see it...just seeing everything gone," says Chavez
She says there was not a working fire hydrant near enough to her house. The fire dept had to bring in 6 water trucks.
Chavez tells us the cause of the fire was electrical due to the previous owners wiring.
Ammons says the City Council spends about $25,000 a year on water, sewage & gas and they replaced 2 fire hydrants last year, but the city is struggling to keep up with the growing economy financially.
The main item on the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be these faulty fire hydrants.