CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Midlothian woman is grateful for a local company who came to her rescue after her yard became a virtual river.
When Angela Rillie called 12 On Your Side a few weeks ago, she was distraught, buried by the circumstances of life.
"The hardest part is just surviving. Every day, for me, it's a struggle, and I still try to keep a smile on my face and get through it with the grace of God. That's all I can do... all I can do," Rillie said.
A slip-and-fall accident at work a year ago left her in unbearable pain.
"I've been out of work. I had major surgery, and I've had several procedures done on my back," Rillie said.
She still has to have knee surgery. Because of her condition, she was forced to walk away from her job, her only source of income. Making ends meet while bills piled up was difficult enough, and then around October of last year, a busted water main at her home turned her yard into a muddy swamp.
She called Chesterfield County, but was told the pipe repair was her responsibility. Only she had no resources, and the situation grew worse.
The family had to put down pavers just to get from the driveway to the front porch. Still, it was like playing hopscotch, not to mention the danger factor, and while her water bill was going sky high.
"It's usually like $56 a month, but it was like $125," Rillie said. "So then, the next time it was $235."
Rillie's daughter, Lateasha Jennings, has been doing her best to help her mother, but as a single mother, her own finances are stretched.
"I pretty much have lost all hope that somebody can help us because every time we've tried to call someone or an organization to help us we get shut down," Jennings said.
But, Rillie turned to 12 On Your Side and things started to turn around. After a series of phone calls, Lyttle Utilities agreed to fix the ruptured pipe free of charge.
"And I am so glad that they could help me because it made a world of difference," Rillie said.
When we went back to Rillies' home we could see the difference not only in her yard, but in her spirit.
"This is one less thing that me and my daughter have to worry about and I'm very very happy, i'm extremely happy about it," Rillie said.
"You are awesome, thank you so much!"
We reached out to Lyttle Utilities, but the owner did not want to do an interview on-camera. He says he's just glad his company was able to help.
Rillie is now working with Chesterfield Utilities to get her massive water bill reduced.
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