Bixby community helping each other during water outage

BIXBY, Okla. — In front of Craig Poindexter’s house sits two tanks that hold up to 3,000 gallons of water.

“One of my buddies Mike Schwers, at Schwers Excavating was so kind to donate his time, diesel, equipment, and brought us up to 3,000 gallons of water in these two tanks,” said Poindexter.

Poindexter says he called in reinforcements after feeling not much was being done. Lowe’s has been bringing in pallets of bottled water and buckets for people to fill up after he called them asking for help.

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“This resource here, the portable water tent down there, this is all open to anyone that’s impacted,” said Poindexter.

Portable showers and restrooms are set up, but families like the Poindexter’s have to drive up the street to another neighborhood to get to them. One neighbor gets creative at sharing his frustration by making this fake campground sign, calling out the city.

“There’s a lot of things that could be done for a resolution. Most important thing I’m calling for from council and the city manager is transparency. Everyone in this neighborhood wants transparency and a resolution,” said Poindexter.

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A lack of answers and the lack of urgency to get the water back on has some considering what legal options they have to sue the city.

“Frustrating is a word that doesn’t describe the reality of what you’re living through whenever you have to take a chunk of your day to source the water when you’d just turn taps on and it’s available. It’s life changing to go from your daily life to this,” said Poindexter.