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Two days without water at Joseph Floyd Manor

Published: Jul. 16, 2009 at 3:13 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2009 at 3:10 AM EDT
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By Anthony Miller  bio | email

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The proof hits you the moment you try to turn the faucet.

"As you can see there's no water," said Karen Holmes.

"You ever went a day without water?  You ever get thirsty? Think of that three days in a row. Tell me how you'd feel?" asked Gregory McCants.

Holmes and McCants live on the 12th floor of Joseph Floyd Manor downtown.

They say Wednesday is the second day they've had to live without running water.

"It's terrible, I'm used to washing everyday," said Holmes.

Floors 4 through 12 have nothing coming out of the faucets and no water to flush the toilets.

According to a press release issued by the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority "buster pumps that feed the domestic water from the 4th to 12th floor suddenly failed."

The release went on to ask that residents "bare with the inconvenience and utilize the restrooms in the building."

McCants says that's not enough.

"Whoever is in charge is not listening because it doesn't matter, they get to go home," said McCants.

Tenants say Thursday will be the third day that they'll go without water but for many of them who are elderly or in wheelchairs that's not their only problem - just getting home is an issue.

They say the elevator has been out of service since May.

Tenants say the one working elevator in the building isn't nearly enough.

The building manager says the elevator has been broken since a fire back in April.

She says they're in the process of fixing it but would not let our cameras see the repairs.  She also declined an interview.

While the elevator issue is one that worries him, McCants has one thing on his mind tonight.

"I don't know what I'm gonna do without water in here.  Being disabled and no water? That aint no good," said McCants.

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