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Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens A water pipe is snaked across a railroad bridge that runs across the Gauley River Wednesday, July 6, as maintenance crews work to bring water back to all residents in Gauley Bridge. There are residents in town who have not had water since June 23 when severe flooding hit the area and washed water pipes away.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens
A water pipe is snaked across a railroad bridge that runs across the Gauley River Wednesday, July 6, as maintenance crews work to bring water back to all residents in Gauley Bridge. There are residents in town who have not had water since June 23 when severe flooding hit the area and washed water pipes away.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Since she last had running water, Nancy Taylor, of Gauley Bridge, has driven around two miles to an unmarked pipe spilling water on the side of the road five times.

That’s where the retired school teacher has filled the two five-gallon jugs, or — once the five-gallon jugs got too heavy — the eleven single gallon jugs, that have been her main source of fresh water for the past 16 days.

“I was determined not to take water from the people whose houses are messed up,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s home, which sits on the bank of the New River, wasn’t damaged in the floods. Her basement flooded in the storm, but only the yearbooks she kept from her years as an art teacher were damaged.

“I don’t have any problems,” Taylor said. “I just have an inconvenience.”

Taylor’s home was fine, but the water infrastructure in town wasn’t…

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