Catherine Saylor who lives on Todd Drive in the the Carter Crossings community of Johnson City did what only seemed like the right thing. She insisted her elderly neighbor come live with her until the water goes down and the power can be restored.
“We had a lot of residents without power on that side of the neighborhood,” Saylor said.
Johnson City Public Works tried to bring in pumps to get some of this water out of the neighborhood. But, Public Works Director Phil Pindzola said a property owner in the neighborhood was worried the pumping operation could potentially damage his property.
“There was a desire for assurances that if anything went wrong that he would be compensated for restorations and we just weren’t in a position to make any of those guarantees,” Pindzola said.
Pindzola says the only option is to let the water drain naturally, which causes another propblem. Brightridge can’t restore power to approximately 48 customers.
“We do not have a timeline for restoration of remaining outages as individual repairs and/or inspections may be necessary before total restoration occurs,” said Tim Whaley, with BrightRidge.
Meanwhile, residents and those impacted by the flooding are in disbelief that anyone would say no lending a hand.
“I understand that there might be some issues but I would think that in the spirit of helping a fellow man that he would have helped out in this community,” Saylor said.
BrightRidge power said it was able to restore service to about nine customers in the area on Thursday.
Johnson City Public will work with the county to find a long term solution so this doesn’t happen again.