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County installing fire hydrants, neighbors say it's overdue

New Hanover County Fire Services and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are installing 30 fire hydrants in several Wilmington neighborhoods. New Hanover County Fire Services and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are installing 30 fire hydrants in several Wilmington neighborhoods.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

New Hanover County Fire Services and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are installing 30 fire hydrants in several county neighborhoods.

Residents of the Barnard's Landing neighborhood said the hydrants are overdue. Neighbors said they have been calling the county requesting the hydrants especially after a fire in June.

"If we would have had a fire hydrant or they would have been there a little bit quicker it would have saved some of the house," said the home's resident Shuwanda. She's been displaced from her home since the fire, looking for places to live with her three children.

"It was horrific," said neighbor Holly Potter. "The whole house just exploded. If we would have had hydrants it would have made a huge difference."

Potter is helping to collecting funds for Shuwanda and her family along with several other neighbors.

The hydrants will be installed in the Barnard's Landing, Silva Terra and Silver Lake communities. The project is estimated to cost $145,000, using fire tax funds.

"Firefighters work hard to put fires out as quickly as possible, but that is often a challenge when the nearest hydrant is far away," said New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall.

Fire tax funds are also being used to supplement funding for additional fire hydrants along the Bald Eagle Lane waterline extension project in the Porter's Neck community.

The fire service tax district has contributed $256,000 towards the projects total cost to support the installation of fire hydrants.

"The installation of these hydrants will increase our operational efficiency with greater access to water and by reducing the number of resources committed to fire related responses," Chief Hall added.

The hydrants are expected to be operational by October 1, 2014.

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