IRON STATION, N.C. -- A Charlotte utility company has agreed to repair a washed out road in Iron Station for free. That washout left about 20 families stranded and unable to pay for the repairs themselves.
Anyone driving to Amity Lane in the Trinity Farms neighborhood and will come across a gaping hole that used to be the only road into and out of the neighborhood until heavy rain washed it out in early July.
"It's been hell,” said neighbor Doris Lowman.
She’s had to ride a lawnmower up and down a steep, hole-filled dirt road and cross a foot bridge to get to the other side, or walk. Neither has been painless option.
"I have six protruding disks in my back. I couldn't walk. I had to go to the doctor and get shots put in my back and only go out when absolutely had to,” Lowman said.
Someone put a wood bridge across the gaping hole but made it clear it's for tractors, and pedestrians cross at their own risk.
"We take our chances going across it,” she said.
Neighbors thought fundraisers were possible solutions. They say it turns out a guy who knew a guy, who knew a guy ended up being the key.
It led them to Sanders Utility on Brookshire Boulevard.
"This is a family affair,” said employee Hazel Sanders.
They've been around forever and have pipe left over from various city water projects - the kind that'll do just fine replacing old, washed out pipe still sitting in the creek that doubles as the washed out road.
Sanders asked some of its suppliers to donate materials. Sanders agreed to do the estimated $30,000 repair job for free.
"If somebody comes along and we feel like the Lord wants us to help, we'll just do it,” Sanders said.
It’s still a waiting game for permit approval, but if all goes well construction should start in about a month.
"I don't know these guys, they don't know us, and they’re just good, kind hearted people that want to help,” Lowman said.