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In the dark and with no water. 

"It is what it is," said Henderson resident Mike Alderson. "It's a mess until we can get water, which will hopefully be 6 o'clock tonight until 9, but it hasn't been doing that."

That's how some residents of Henderson, Illinois say they feel. They've been living without water since Wednesday and don't have many answers from town officials as to why. 

Alderson thinks the water system there has been a problem for a while and has been ignored.

"It's plumbing, it's old, it's rotten," said Alderson. "It starts in one area and you always continue on until it seems like you get to the final end of it. And fixing this tower is not saying it's going to be the end of it. There could be something else tomorrow or the next day."

A Knox County official said this happens every other year. He hopes Henderson can get a short term solution and then look at something more long-term

"It's kind of hard to determine an emergency or to determine it required maintenance on the system," said Knox County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Simkins. "Of course, I think the weather is what really caused this. Probably the freezing of the ground or something in the pipes, that's a bit of a guess. That's what aggravates it."

Simkins said they don't know the cause of the problem because the pipes are underground. In the meantime, residents are hoping for a big change. 

"We need to do it the right way, not put a band-aid on it," said Alderson "Get it up to date."

There is a town hall meeting going on at the church in Henderson at 7 PM. 

 

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