New Jersey Plumber and His Family Drove 22 Hours to Texas to Help With Repairs After Winter Storm Burst Pipes

Andrew Mitchell and his brother-in-law Isaiah Pinnock filled a truck with plumbing supplies and drove with Mitchell’s wife and son to Texas. (MITCHELL’S PLUMBING & HEATING LLC)

When a winter storm devastated Texas earlier this month, the crisis hit home for Andrew Mitchell. Mitchell lives in New Jersey, but as a plumber, he saw how much work needed to be done when pipes froze and burst in homes across the Lone Star State. So, he and his family decided to help.

Mitchell’s wife, Kisha Pinnock, has a sister who lives in Houston. Pinnock told CBS News that after talking to her sister, she realized how destructive the storm was. “That’s when we really learned from first hand just how really bad it was,” Pinnock said. “That’s when she told us what was happening with her coworkers, her neighbors, her friends.”

Millions across the state were left without power and water. Mitchell, who belongs to some plumbing Facebook groups, started to see posts about the need for plumbers in Texas.

“They were just like, ‘We need help, we need help,'” Pinnock told CBS News. “I was like, ‘This is your time.’ Everybody kind of has their time to really shine. And I was like, ‘You have the skills, you have the credentials. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t. You should just go.'”

Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell’s Plumbing & Heating, was convinced he needed to use his expertise to help others – even if they were about 1,600 miles away. On Sunday, the couple, their 2-year-old son and Pinnock’s brother, Isaiah, packed a truck with plumbing supplies and drove 22 hours to Houston.

Kisha’s sister had already set up some clients who were desperate for plumbing help and through word of mouth, they gained more and more customers.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Caitlin O’Kane

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