Weather blamed on water tower problem - - Jackson, MS

Weather blamed for water tower problem

FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Temperatures were so cold Tuesday, they caused problems for a Flowood water tower, but public works director Garry Miller said the tank's stability was never in question.

Miller said the water was overflowing from the tower. A heat strip on top of the tower froze and the signal to shut off the water was not sent due to an electronic communication issue.

Meteorologist Eric Carpenter, with the Jackson National Weather Service, stopped by to snap a few photo's. 

"I live in this area so I happened to be coming by to take a few pictures to see exactly what happened because I heard it was related to the cold weather," said Carpenter. "We hear about pipes bursting and things like that so this is a little different but it's not surprising we do have issues."

Water began spewing out of the 150 thousand gallon water tower on Manship Road overnight. The security fence was draped in icicles and the water left a slick, icy glaze over the road.

Miller said no one in the area lost pressure and the problem was quickly resolved.

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