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

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Stanley Laba, 90, shovels snow to bring it inside. Stanley Laba, 90, shovels snow to bring it inside.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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