ZWOLLE, La. (KSLA) — Finally.
That’s how many people in Zwolle feel now that the water is back up and running for most of them.
And while their service has been restored, it’s important to note that the town remains under a boil advisory for at least the next few days.
Meantime, some residents are frustrated with the way things were handled during this weeks-long stint without running water.
“This is the city’s fault,” Chris Ezernack alleged.
As of Monday evening, crews had restored water to most of the town, according to Alan Rivers, the mayor pro tem who also oversees water and sewerage for Zwolle.
“We just checked ours and it just came back on,” Sarah Ezernack said.
The Ezernacks believe town officials acted unfairly.
“They have treated the citizens like dogs,” she alleged.
They also claim the town hardly communicated its plans for help and restoration of water.
“If they would’ve let people know, we probably could’ve gotten help from the parish and others,” Sarah Ezernack said.
Sarah also pointed out that towns with similar issues, like Greenwood, had resources like portable showers.
On Feb. 24, officials announced that crews would shut off water throughout the town to replenish its water tank. Anyone caught turning their water meters on would be fined for theft of utilities, the town said.
But Chris Ezernack said he saw businesses operating with running water during that time.
“I said, ‘Y’all got water?’ ‘Oh, yeah, we’ve got water. They told us we could have water.’ I went and looked and they had water.”
When asked about this during a phone interview, Rivers told KSLA News 12 he had no comment. He added that there was a lot of talk around town and that he would look into it.
“When you start turning water back on, your residents should be getting water before your businesses,” Sarah Ezernack said.