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News Published April 12, 2019

Coalition of Powhatan Churches helping Howell family fix home

When Mary Ann Howell and her husband, Marvin, woke up at their Powhatan home one morning in mid-January, they were horrified to find standing water in their bedroom.

They had been having issues with their septic tank the last few days and had thankfully had it pumped out the day before. But still, the clog that had been causing issues wasn’t fixed and the result was a backup of the septic water over a good portion of their home only a few hours before a repairman was scheduled to come service it.

Mary Ann Howell was still recovering from complications from surgery in December and was in and out of the hospital all of January. She said she was made even sicker with worry. She was exhausted, crying and in pain and was scheduled to go back into the hospital at the end of the week.

“I had no family members to call. It was Tuesday morning. Everyone was at work,” she said. “It was so much water. Of course, I am upset. You know how it is when you are in pain. I will tell you, I thought I was losing my mind.”

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