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Pipe burst leads to frozen pools in yards

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The piped burst more than one week ago and has been sending water spurting into a backyard ever since. The water is pooling in a neighbor's front yard, too. The piped burst more than one week ago and has been sending water spurting into a backyard ever since. The water is pooling in a neighbor's front yard, too.
The residents of the home where the pipe is broken say they are struggling to find the money to pay a plumber and worry about the utility bill that is racking up. The residents of the home where the pipe is broken say they are struggling to find the money to pay a plumber and worry about the utility bill that is racking up.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) -Water spewing out of a busted pipe is causing a headache in the Grahamwood Heights neighborhood.

Neighbors called Action News 5 in hopes if shedding some light on the problem. The piped burst more than one week ago and has been sending water spurting into a backyard ever since. The water is pooling in a neighbor's front yard, too.

The residents of the home where the pipe is broken say they are struggling to find the money to pay a plumber and worry about the utility bill that is racking up.

"It's just a disaster. It really is," said resident Kay Story.

Story says she moved in not long ago to help care for her ailing grandmother, who is now at the hospital.

"Well we can't really afford a plumber," said Story. "He could come and say, 'It's $200.' Or he could come and say, 'Oh, it's $2,000.' My grandmother lives on social security so she can't really come up with that."

Since two children under 4 years old also live at the residence, Story says she cannot shut off the water entirely. Her neighbor is not happy.

"I've been on the phone quite a bit," said neighbor Ken Ritchie.

Ritchie's yard is puddling with water from next door. He called the city, county, and MLGW multiple times.

MLGW says the water cannot be shut off because the utility account is active.

"Is it still going to be running in the middle of July? Am I going to need a rowboat to get to my front yard?" said Ritchie. "I'm waiting for the whole end of this block to just collapse into a sinkhole."

Story says she is aware that there is tension in the neighborhood and that the utility bill is climbing. She sees no other alternative but to wait and see.

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