JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Water cut through the pavement and was flowing freely onto a north Jackson Street Monday. Residents on Tyrone Drive off Old Canton Road said they had waited more than a month for the city to fix it with no results. They contacted 3 On Your Side.
"It started as a trickle, one tiny little trickle and it's gotten worse and worse and worse," said Laura Blaylock, who lived closest to the leak. Its source is right in the center of the pavement flowing into a nearby storm drain.
"A lot of water, gallons," described Frances Anne Fortner, a teen that lives nearby. "I think it's very wasteful."
When the WLBT crew arrived residents had set out lawn chairs with fishing poles, poking fun at what they called a frustrating water problem.
"Well, they say in mental institutions like Whitfield it makes you feel calm to hear rushing water, but it hasn't calmed me down much," said Tyrone Drive resident Erik Hearon.
The leaking six inch water line caused a reduction in water pressure for homes in the area. There were also fears that the road is becoming more dangerous everyday.
"We're concerned. Since it's sinking somebody's car is going to go through the street. It's going to collapse," said Blaylock.
Several residents said they called and emailed the city of Jackson for more than a month asking for work crews to come repair the line.
"As many times as I've called and our neighbors have called, I've never been able to get any answer about when are they actually going to do something," said Hearon.
City spokesperson Chris Mimms said their records show only one complaint from a resident that came in Monday morning. He said the city takes its water problems very seriously and will have crews out to fix the line Tuesday.
Mimms said the city of Jackson's Water Hotline is open 24 hours a day at (601) 960-1777. The Mayor's Action Line is also available at (601) 960-1111.
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