Like so many others during the unbelievable heat that 2011 brought to Texas, James Holland of Comanche County, Texas lost his water well. With the thermometer measuring 110 and drillers backed up until they were three or four months behind, James (who will be 81 his next birthday) decided to drill his own well, and in pure Texas fashion friends and family lined up to help him.
As I’ve said many times on this website, it’s what we do here in Texas. We can have it done and go on about our business while other states are still waiting for assistance. That was the case at the Holland place.
I will say, however, this one was not easy. The extreme drought had caused a lot of underground shifting, and the men had to drill through basically nothing but clay and rock. To be perfectly honest, if it could go wrong, it did.
It seemed that every night the men had to regroup and replan; they even spent quite a few conversations on whether they were going to have to give up or not, but that just wasn’t in any of them, even when they worked for hours with no progress made at all.
Finally, after days of failure in the blazing sun, their hard work paid off. Today, James and Barbara Holland have a well once again with enough water to run their house and yard. Texansunited.com salutes everyone who helped and Barbara who fed the crew day after day!
When the first water flowed, James was nothing but smiles.