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Water shot 30 feet into the air

Erosion Threatens Pavement during Giant Byram Water Main Break

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Byram, MS -

Byram Firefighters close a major road in the city after a huge water main break threatened to tear away its pavement.

The 30 foot water spray started around 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon on Davis Road. It's since been re-opened to limited traffic.

Neighbors in the area are still without water. There is no timeline on when service will be fully restore.

No boil water notice has been issued at this time.

Blowing thousands of gallons of water out of a five foot wide hole, the water main break went on for hours while neighbors, like Ginger Vandeventer, waited for Jackson Public Works Crews to arrive.

"It's every year or so, maybe two years apart, but it's this same place that breaks each time. And they come out and work and work and work and then it comes back again, breaks again," Vandeventer said.

The leak is only one of about a half dozen that have happened in the city during the last few weeks.

"Dry weather is affecting these pipes. That's what I understand," Mayor Richard White (I-Byram) said.

White said there's little he can do to fix these breaks and that The city of Jackson is in charge of the water system.

He says he has plans to add the utility to city management during his administration.

"And I think this kind of stuff slows everything down. Certainly, nobody caused this and it's nothing anybody did. But it's just one of those things we're going to go through especially in this dry season," White said.

"You should only have to plan for hurricanes, not geysers across the street," Vandeventer said.

*The city has issued a boil water alert in effect until further notice.*

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