JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Would firefighters be able to get water to your home if it was on fire? Homeowners in one Jackson County subdivision believe their location creates a challenge for firefighters. The subdivision has no fire hydrants.
Homeowner Michelle Cook emailed WHNT NEWS 19 wanting to find out why no hydrants were installed. She lives in the Webb-Taylor subdivision near Scottsboro. A handful of families live around her and many have small children. None of the homes are within a mile of a fire hydrant. She wants fire hydrants put in place to help prevent someone from dying when the next fire strikes.
It’s been several years since Jackson County commissioners approved the addition of the Webb-Taylor subdivision.
“It has wonderful neighbors,” said Cook.
Cook moved into the neighborhood in 2007
“We’re very close-knit. It’s very peaceful. We like that,” added Cook.
But, she is concerned about her safety.
“We’re being ignored. We have been from the very beginning from the city and county,” added Cook.
Cook has talked with Jackson County and Scottsboro town officials more than five years about her community not having a fire hydrant.
“There should have been one here before any house was ever built,” added Cook.
The homeowner’s most recent attempt was in front of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners at a meeting on March 18, 2013. Cook got the commissioners’ attention for a while.
“They ran out here that next day and made a big deal. I haven’t seen hide nor hair of them since. Every time I call them, they don’t call me back or don’t have any answers,” added Cook.
She and others are now left with more questions. One of her neighbors also concerned is a man who says he helped build the subdivision.
“The projects before, in town, I had to put hydrants on every street. But here, no fire hydrant. Why? I don’t know. They said they didn’t have enough water pressure to begin with. It was just fouled up from the word go,” said Homeowner James Taylor.
WHNT NEWS 19 discovered Cook lives about a mile away from the nearest fire hydrant.
“I’m scared. I am scared there is going to be another fire and someone is going to die this time,” added Cook.
Roy Light, General Manager of Scottsboro Water, Sewer and Gas, told WHNT NEWS 19 his company is not bumping heads with Cook, or anyone else in the Webb-Taylor subdivision. He says each homeowner living there knew when they moved in there were no hydrants. Light says the subdivision is located beyond the county’s water distribution system’s hydrant flow.