Water pumps go out with the power

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

CLAY TOWNSHIP Living without power is no new task for one St. Joseph County neighborhood that went dark in the wake of Monday’s storms.

Folks living near the intersection of Kenilworth and Darden roads watched as the powerful winds caused large limbs to snap off trees and pull power lines down with them.

The Clay Township residents say they lose power nearly every time severe weather rolls through. Not only that, but since these homes are served by wells, they're also left without water.

“Without water, or even without electricity, you can't cook, the bathroom is of no use,” Mary Kayfreel says. “We're on a well, and you don't realize how much you depend on those two elements.”

Despite the inconvenience, neighbors say it could have been a lot worse.

“We were lucky,” Joseph Wishin says. “Nobody got hurt or anything. No houses were damaged in this area, just stuff on the roads.”

Residents say they're relying on the kindness of their neighbors during the outage. Many are sharing their generators until power is restored.

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