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Water crisis continues in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The city of Jackson is doing their part to help residents struggling without water.

Tuesday afternoon, a free water giveaway was held at the Metrocenter Mall parking lot.

Lines began forming three hours before the water was to be handed out.

Kroger stores donated over 8,000 gallons. In addition to that, M.E.M.A. delivered 20,000 bottles at the request of city officials.

Jackson public works director Thelman Boyd says as of noon there were 106 water line breaks. Sixty-seven of those had been repaired. There are still 39 left to fix. Greenville, Hattiesburg, Madison and Ridgeland are all sending water crews to Jackson to help with the repairs.

City officials say they should be able to double their efforts with their help.

Many parts of the city remain with little to no water Tuesday night. Others report brown water in west Jackson.

Resident Shenika Green said "This water will mean a lot to me, it's a big inconvenience, I have six kids at home.  They've been drinking soda."

Other residents were critical of the city while waiting for the water.

"I don't think they should have waited 30 years to fix the pipes, this is messed up," said Whitney Kyles.

Jackson Public Works Director Thelman Boyd says he's directing crews to the largest leaks first in hopes of brining pressure up across the city, faster.

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