Couple Forced to Move After Finding Out Rental House Has No Perm - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Couple Forced to Move After Finding Out Rental House Has No Permanent Water Line

Posted: Updated:

(KCEN) -- Imagine living without running water. That's the reality a couple in Lorena is facing, just a month after moving in.

And now, they have to find a new place to live.

Nine-year-old Emily was just getting settled into her new house, with big plans to make her room truly hers.

"I want to do like this mountain sky view where it's blue and there's flowers growing," she said of her forthcoming paint job.

But now Emily has to move. A month after moving in, her mom found out there's no permanent water line running to the house.

"Are we going to be living here, are we going to be living somewhere else?" Angie Higdon said. "What are we going to do? We don't know."

They've had water since they moved in last month, but it's not piped in by the city of Lorena.

Right now they're getting water from Lane Construction. They've got a materials site right next door, and they installed a temporary water line to provide water to one of their employees while he was renting the house.

"For us, that means it's one customer, and that's legal," said Bill Clemons, Lorena's city manager. "But once it became someone that's not related to Lane, you have to get another meter."

And it's not that simple. There are no pipes running to that area, so the property owner would have to ask the city of Waco, who runs water to that part of McLennan County, for permission to install new lines. The cost would fall to the owner.

So without water, rental company Chief Smokey LTD sent the couple a letter on Thursday telling them their month-to-month lease was being terminated at the end of August.

"On our end, we were just not able to meet our obligation as far as providing utility services, so, therefore, we had no choice but to end the lease," said Mark Shaw, manager of Chief Smokey.

The company says they bought the property two years ago. There's always been water from Lane, so they didn't know there wasn't a permanent water line.

Now for the three tenants to move, it'll take more than they have.

"I don't know many people here," said Chase Wadsworth, Angie's boyfriend. "It took everyone I know just to get out here; it took every penny I had just to get in here."

"I don't want to move out of it," Emily said, especially not before they're done moving in.

Chief Smokey also thought there would be water flowing from Lane until the end of the month. But the city says that's not legal, so they have to shut it off.


  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Fort Hood Soldier Found Guilty of Murder of Retired Army Sergeant

    Fort Hood Soldier Found Guilty of Murder of Retired Army Sergeant

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:07:24 GMT
    A Fort Hood solider pled guilty to murdering a retired Army Sergeant.More >>
    A Fort Hood solider pled guilty to murdering a retired Army Sergeant.More >>
  • Madisonville PD K-9 Officer Found Dead in Back of Patrol Vehicle Friday

    Madisonville PD K-9 Officer Found Dead in Back of Patrol Vehicle Friday

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:51:08 GMT
    Photo Courtesy KAGSPhoto Courtesy KAGS
    It's a difficult time for the Madisonville Police Department as they've lost one of their K-9 officers.According to the Madisonville Meteor, K-9 Baron was found dead in the back of a K-9 patrol vehicle Friday afternoon.Madisonville Police Chief Chuck May said the department is devastated by Baron's death and that an independent investigation into his death has been launched.May added that policies and procedures are under review to prevent something like this from happening again.Bar...More >>
    It's a difficult time for the Madisonville Police Department as they've lost one of their K-9 officers.According to the Madisonville Meteor, K-9 Baron was found dead in the back of a K-9 patrol vehicle Friday afternoon.Madisonville Police Chief Chuck May said the department is devastated by Baron's death and that an independent investigation into his death has been launched.May added that policies and procedures are under review to prevent something like this from happening again.Bar...More >>
  • Ft. Hood Starts Sexual Assault Program to Offer Help Locally to Victims

    Ft. Hood Starts Sexual Assault Program to Offer Help Locally to Victims

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:16:17 GMT
    (KCEN) – Fort Hood's new sexual assault program started Monday at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, with the hopes of helping victims get the treatment they need faster and closer to home. “Most patients do not report. To get the courage to come into the emergency department to seek care is a big deal,” Sheilah Priori said. “Anytime you put a barrier between that care, they question whether they should go forward.” Before now, Tricare patients who became sexual assault victims would have to t...More >>
    (KCEN) – Fort Hood's new sexual assault program started Monday at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, with the hopes of helping victims get the treatment they need faster and closer to home. “Most patients do not report. To get the courage to come into the emergency department to seek care is a big deal,” Sheilah Priori said. “Anytime you put a barrier between that care, they question whether they should go forward.” Before now, Tricare patients who became sexual assault victims would have to t...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.