Broken water pipe leaves Bea Gaddy with no food to give

September 27, 1991|By Rafael Alvarez

Bea Gaddy, East Baltimore's tireless helper of the hungry and homeless, will not be giving out free food today because of a burst water pipe that has left her kitchen dry and basement flooded.

She normally feeds up to 200 people a day.

"You can't cook without water," Mrs. Gaddy said last night from the soup kitchen and homeless shelter she operates at 140 N. Collington Ave., near Patterson Park.

The service pipe connecting her row house to the city main broke Tuesday night, she said, flooding the basement where she lives, and where she stores used clothing collected for the poor. "I've had to throw away a lot of clothing, it's a mess."

Baltimore's water department cut off the flow and told Mrs. Gaddy the plumbing problem was her responsibility. Mrs. Gaddy said she called a plumber for an estimate and was told it would cost more than $6,000.

"I don't have the money," she said, adding that she was considering enlisting neighbors to dig up the broken pipe today.

James Kapplin, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works, said last night that the problem was Mrs. Gaddy's responsibility, based on water department policy.

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