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OQUAWKA -- Several households in Oquawka are still without running water because of frozen water lines. It's been six weeks since 60 residents lost water access. Still, there are nineteen households struggling to live their day-to-day lives.

Jon Warren, pastor and resident of Oquawka, says "It was frustrating at times and getting hot water from the church next door and fire department, but at the same time I had to treat it like I was camping. There was nothing I could do about it."

Warren had his water restored two days ago after being one month dry. He says, "We just have to help one another out as people in the community, just as folks were able to help me out."

Volunteer Fire Chief, Troy Jern, says this is one of the coldest winters they've had in decades. "There is really no estimated time. Its been a really rough winter. I know the city says a lot of the metal lines are unfrozen. It's the plastic lines they're having problems right now getting thawed. It just needs time to solve the problem. Its unfortunate people have to wait. It's a very sad deal."

In the meantime, the local fire station and community are providing hot showers and clean water to families in need. As for the pipes, a welder and two city employees are working to shake up the remaining ice.

Jeff Peterson, Water and Street Supervisor, says, "We're doing the best we can to get everybody going. We're waiting on some brass saddles to get in. Yesterday, we were able to dig and get a new plastic line in to get a service back up."

With warming temperatures and help from the community, the remaining nineteen residents eagerly wait to have their water restored.

Warren speaks of how happy he was when his water turned on after 29 days. "The first hot shower-- I was in the shower for about a half hour just enjoying the fact that I had running water. You don't realize how much you take that type of thing for granted until you don't have it."

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