JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors issued an emergency declaration early Thursday morning amid a lot of existing confusion about the city's water. At one point, supervisors were prepared to close county facilities and send county workers home.
At 10:00 a.m., an emergency Board of Supervisors meeting began with troubling information. Michael Herrington, the county's maintenance director, spoke to supervisors.
"They (city officials) are saying they are unable to repair the problem at this time. Have they been able to tell you whether or not they have located what the problem is, no," said Herrington.
That information ratcheted up the supervisors' emergency response preparedness. They determined it was time to send county workers home. The situation was fluid and quickly changed.
Director of Hinds County's Emergency Operations Center Jimmie Lewis reassured supervisors after a meeting with city leaders.
"I've been contacted by the Public Works Director for the City of Jackson. They have determined where the leak was coming from," said Lewis.
County workers stayed on the job.
That leak is affecting some 100-thousand people in Jackson. Most critical are hospitals and even animals. At the state fairgrounds hundreds of out-of-state visitors with over 900 high-dollar Appaloosa show horses awoke to little or no water.
Christy King, owner of King Show Horses, seemed unconcerned. "We filled all the buckets for the horses, so we could have water for them. They have got to have water."
The Hinds County Sheriff's Department and other state workers quickly came to the rescue. Michael Ellis, a state worker ,was making sure everyone was taken care of on the fairgrounds.
"We have portable water tank over there, full of water, and we let the horses drink out of it. We are drinking bottled water," said Ellis.
The water crisis turned into a minor inconvenience for the most part. Before noon, the water was back on, but the boil water notice will remain in effect.
The horse owners took it all in stride, preparing for a triple-digit heat index. Robert King, from Aubrey,Texas, had this reaction. "They said when the ice machine is out, it's out. We're trying to stock up, so we can be ready for the heat this afternoon," he said.
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