Warren woman with broken pipes says city made her wait for help

 The snowstorm made a bad situation worse for a local Warren woman. 

The water ran for days and days for homeowner Paris Linder then came Sunday's snow. Now, no water, no heat and nowhere to go. 

On Saturday, a cracked pipe meant running water, now it's frozen midstream covered in icicles. 

The furnace, also located in this crawl space, apparently frozen as well. Inside, Linder is heating her house with her oven set at 350 degrees.

"I gotta keep going on, believe in God," she said. "That's all I got right now."

On Saturday, Paris's neighbor noticed a lot of water running from her house - she tried to turn it off, but to no avail.

"There was water everywhere on the neighbor's property," Linder said. "Then the snow started to fall, so on top of the water that was still dripping, you could see the water everywhere. 

"There was snow on top of it."

So Paris called the city of Warren on Saturday to ask the water department to cut it off - but they said she had to wait or she could call a plumber - but she couldn't afford to do that.

 "They said they didn't have the manpower or the work hours to be able to come in on the weekend," she said. "So I had to wait until Monday."

They turned it off on Monday, but in the meantime, there was Sunday. And that meant more than a foot of snow. 

And now Linder has a frozen mess in the street, a ruined furnace in the crawl space and a 45-year-old woman wondering what she's going to do. Her part-time job won't cover this kind of damage.

"The water pipes need to be fixed apparently, and the furnace situation," she said. "So I really don't know what I'm going to do right now."

Her friend and neighbor contacted FOX 2 to see if we could help - he's worried about her living here with no water and no heat.

"I just can't believe the city would let it go like that," he said.

FOX  2 contacted the mayor's office - Jim Fouts says he concerned and upset the city's policy did not allow for a worker to go out and turn off the water - which could have prevented the current headache.

Fouts said he is looking at a policy change and contacted Paris personally - hoping to help her with some of the damages.
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