Saturday, August 27, 2016

Utility worker went below and beyond the call of duty to fix burst water pipe

Andrea Adams suffered from her burst pipe under the driveway of her home in Hood County, Texas, last week. When a utility worker from the Acton Municipal Utility District arrived, he went below and beyond the usual call of duty in trying to plug the one-inch pipe that had burst.

"When I walked back outside, the kid was in there," Adams said. So she snapped a photo of 23-year-old Jimmie Cox submerged from the waist up as he reached down five feet to try and clamp the line. Cox said he only took the call to pick up a little overtime.

When he pulled up to the house, though, he saw water spewing in every direction, and Adams in the drive, unsure of what to do next. The hole was about five-and-a-half foot deep. There was a lady running around," he said. At first, he simply went under to try and stop the leak.

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When that wasn't going to work, he had to go a step further. "I wasn't even able to get the clampers, so I had to cut it and put a valve on there when it was underwater," he said. "In this line of work, people do it a lot," he added. "I'm real proud of him," said Adams.

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