It's one of the most basic needs: water, but thousands of folks are dealing with water problems after a water-main break left one city high and dry.
Pumps had to be shut off to the Stanton Water District. By Wednesday afternoon holding tanks were below half capacity, and crews were scrambling Wednesday night to get the problem solved.
Laundromats and carwashes remained empty for most of the day as emergency officials asked people throughout Stanton to conserve water while crews worked to repair the break.
Powell County Assistant Director of Emergency Management Mike Sparks says the problem began when a crew with the highway department was clearing debris out from underneath a bridge. "They were lifting it out and eventually grabbed hold of the water line underneath the river and caused a break," Sparks said.
The full repairs could take up to two weeks. In the meantime, water will run over the Red River through a fire hose connecting the two points on each side of the break. That temporary fix should be enough to lift the call for voluntary conservation, but those living in the area will still need to boil their water. "The boil water advisory is for these residents also until further notice," Sparks said, "meaning that we want you to boil your water until we get the permanent fix done."