DALLAS, NC -- An undetected broken pipe under Reba Gibson’s 107-year-old house in Dallas was a big fix, and as it turns out, very expensive.
Cathy Berry, Reba’s daughter, said there was a leak under the house that went to the water heater.
The family had sticker shock at the water and power bills caused by the broken hot water pipe. In June the bill was $1,096 and in July it was $1,017, big bills for Reba who is 86 and in failing health as she battles congestive heart failure and COPD, after all, her monthly social security income is just $736.
Cathy said her mother never missed any of her bills and has been living in her home since 1969.
And when power was cut, again, the family says no warning, even though the sign on the front door says someone here needs oxygen.
Cathy said she called the town to work out a payment plan, but says she was told, “that’s not an option."
All she said she got was an extension to next Tuesday to pay off the $884.00 balance. The family is worried the power could and would be cut off again.
In fact, the town manager himself assured NBC Charlotte power to 86-year-old Reba wouldn’t be shut off so long as payments are being made. It means Reba can sleep and breathe, without worry