TANGIER, Va. (AP) – Residents of Tangier Island have been nearly without water for days after their main line froze and burst.
Right now, there is temporary piping with very low pressure supplying some water to residents. Tangier Island mayor James Eskridge tells news outlets it could take a week or longer before everything is fixed.
He says cold temperatures last Sunday night had caused the line to break and drain the island’s main water tank.
Eskridge says firefighters can’t use fire hydrants and some residents have been gathering salt water to flush toilets.
He says fire departments from mainland Virginia and Smith Island, Maryland, have donated water.
The mayor says Walmart, Food Lion and Pepsi have donated drinking water or helped get it to Tangier.
The Onancock Elks Lodge is collecting water to take to Tangier. The local drop off points are the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company, the Onancock Elks Lodge in Accomac, F&G Automotive in Onley and the Exmore Town Office. For if you’d like anymore information on this, contact Wayde Fowler, Barry Mears or Rebecca Crutchley.
Other efforts to get water to the island are also being conducted by Mallards at the Wharf and the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Department.