Water Main Break Made For A Messy Monday Morning Commute

It was a mess Monday morning in Inez, after a water main break sent water everywhere in the downtown area.

The cold weather didn't help matters either.

Witnesses say a water main break sent water shooting into the air.

"I looked out in the middle of the road, and it was coming up in the street, and then I looked over there and it was coming up here," Bonnie Maynard said.

Crews got to the scene within minutes, but that's all it took for the water to start freezing. Officers had to shut down the roads for safety.

Crews had to dig up the street to get to the break and turn off the water to all of downtown.

"So water won't leak where we're digging," Joe Hammon said.

"Caused problems all the way around. We don't have water and electric going on and off all day, it's caused problems," Sheriff Garmon Preece said.

The sheriff's department and other county offices closed.

With no rest rooms, the circuit judge send jurors home and postponed trials, but some businesses managed to survive.

"Oh no, I saw the water going off and I got water," Maynard said.

Investigators say they're looking at everything possible and not just the freezing temperatures to find out how this happened.

"The system is quite old. I think it was '68 or '69 when it was put in here," Hammond said.

Whether it was old pipes or just cold pipes, crews hope to have it fixed by Tuesday morning.

Officials say the cold weather didn't cause too many problems for workers fixing the pipes.

They say workers took plenty of breaks inside to warm up so they could keep working.


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