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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The community of Sand Branch in southeast Dallas County is one step closer to getting clean, running water flowing through taps.

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A newly hired lawyer, Mark McPherson, is now fighting for the community and will meet with county, state and federal agencies on Tuesday to find a solution.

The issue for years has surrounded the fact FEMA considers the community to be sitting on a flood plain.

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“We’re fighting and begging Dallas County to allow the citizens of Sand Branch for a water bill,” said Pastor Eugene Keahey of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Where else in the world would you hear of someone asking for a water bill? That’s all we’re asking for is a water bill.”

The closed-doors meeting involves 10 different agencies.

Community leaders believe if all goes as planned, they could have water and sewer services by November.

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