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Man Almost Loses Home After $7,400 Water Bill, Late Taxes

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DENTON, Md.- It may not look like much, but it's home to 92 year old Crawford Ringgold of Denton.  A home he almost lost.  At some point this winter, the pipes under his house started leaking.  A lot.  As in $7,400 on his most recent water bill.

"It kind of shocked me too.  I didn't know the water was running like that.  I don't know how long it's been doing that, that it's been happening to me," said Ringgold.

From the time the leak started earlier this year to the time it was finally stopped not too long ago, over 800,000 gallons of water spilled into the ground underneath his house.  To put that in perspective, an olympic sized swimming pool only holds 660,000 gallons.

On top of the hefty water bill, Ringgold was behind on taxes, an additional $1,912.  His great niece, Renita Chambers, stepped in to see what she could do to abate some of the leak payments and get his taxes under control.

"I'm sitting on the edge of a chair now.  He's 92 years old now, lord, I don't need him to lose his home," said Chambers.

And the deadline to pay the taxes and the water bill before he lost his home was set for this Friday.  Wednesday, Ringgold and his great niece went to the town office, where town officials waived the sewage fees, bringing the water bill down to $1,600, that they will accept in several installments.

"We try. We try very hard to help the people.  And this is a hardship case, because the amount of water that was used was a lot," said Karen Monteith, Clerk Treasurer for Denton.

Chambers and her great uncle are thrilled.

"I am overjoyed!  I'm just thankful to the entire town of Denton for standing behind a 92 year old veteran in his time of need," said Chambers

Tomorrow, they will be back to sort out the taxes so he can stay in the home he's lived in since 1975.
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