90-year-olds boiling snow after spending weeks without water - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

90-year-olds boiling snow after spending weeks without water

Posted: Updated:
Stanley Laba, 90, shovels snow to bring it inside. Stanley Laba, 90, shovels snow to bring it inside.
  • 90-year-olds boiling snow after spending weeks without waterMore>>

  • Crews restore water to home of elderly Lincoln Park couple

    Crews restore water to home of elderly Lincoln Park couple

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-03-19 02:24:23 GMT
    The Fox 2 Problem Solvers get results! Water has been restored to the home of an elderly Lincoln Park couple forced to use snow for their bathing and plumbing needs.
    The Fox 2 Problem Solvers get results for an elderly couple in Lincoln Park! Monday, we told you about Johanna and Stanley Laba. The 90 year olds have been bringing buckets of snow into their home, boiling it, and using the water to bathe and run their toilets. After our story aired, the city of Lincoln Park finally took action.
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

For many, this winter's heavy snow is becoming a source of frustration. But for 90-year-olds Stanley and Johanna Laba, the snow has become a source of life.

The couple has been using the snow for bathing and to keep their toilet running because their house in Lincoln Park has not had water for nearly two months now.

Stanley boils snow in pots on the stove, then carries the boiled water to the bathroom. They have a stash of bottled water in the basement for drinking, and a neighbor also fills up a jug with water and brings it over.

The couple says when they called the city for help, they were told no money was available to cover the cost of the repairs.

Dan Colbrith with Vaughn's Plumbing tried to help the couple for free, but the city had previously come and shut the water off so repairs could be made. Colbrith believes the city is responsible for the repairs, but the city says the homeowners need to hire someone themselves.

FOX 2's Robin Schwartz inquired with City Hall and the Department of Public Services, and both were aware the Labas were without water. The city manager insists the issue is not the city's responsibility.

UPDATE: At the City Council meeting Monday night, several residents shared concerns over the couple's lack of running water.

City Council leaders say the water foreman supervisor went to speak with the family about getting their water working, even though it appears the problem is not with the city. The line from the couple's house to the street appears to be frozen.

Leaders say they wish they knew about the couple's problem sooner so they could have worked to expedite the help. They also urge anyone with other piping or water issues to contact the Council.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
  • 3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:51:19 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices