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Flashflooding Blamed For Jackson Water Main Breaks

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HINDS COUNTY - JACKSON - Boil

water notices have been issued across the city of Jackson, after a sudden jump in water main breaks.  

Crews with the public works department have been working long hours to repair six major pipe breaks reported since Tuesday. 

Water spewing from a main break reported last night on Bienville drive in south Jackson is the latest.

The public works director tells us heavy rain fall from this week's flash flooding caused old iron pipes underground to shift and crack because of the Yazoo Clay.

“While water seeps through other types of soil, Yazoo Clay absorbs water swelling to 2-3 times its normal size. Yazoo clay extends in a 30-mile stretch across the middle of the state and Jackson sits directly in the middle of it,” reads a statement from the mayor’s spokesman.

“While Yazoo clay can contract and expand with ease, our water mains cannot.”

Earlier this month, the city voted to raise water and sewer rates to pay for major upgrades mandated by the EPA.

The state health department advises homeowners to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute before drinking it.

For more information on the boil water notices, click here.
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