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City Declares State of Emergency
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 6:54 PM EST
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:54 PM EST
By Danielle Avitable -
Service pipe failure in Port Gibson
A city in Claiborne County was under a state of emergency Wednesday after a pipe failure shut down the water supply.
"It’s not usable right now," says resident, Cynthia Strowder.
Port Gibson Mayor Fred Reeves tells us the service pipe connected to one of the main wells stopped working last night.
City crews went to work immediately, but realized a part of the pipe needed to be replaced.
"They can't drink it, can’t bathe in it, won't flush in the toilets, won't run in the sinks in the bathrooms," says Reeves.
The elementary and middle schools in the area had to activate its crisis management plan which sent home one-thousand students.
The students that couldn’t get picked up were transferred to the high school since the high school is on the county water.
Reeves thinks weather played a factor in the pipe failure, "We've had over 40-60 hours of below freezing weather, so it had an effect on the system."
Residents in the area are complaining of discoloration of the little water that is coming out of the pipes.
"The pressure was very low and it was extremely rusty," describes Strowder.
Port Gibson’s water has been restored and school will be open Thursday for the elementary and middle school.
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