Frozen water mains crack under cold - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Frozen water mains crack under cold

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Sub-freezing temperatures are causing havoc on the water system in Jackson. Water mains across the city are breaking in the cold.

The largest is a 16 inch main on Woodrow Wilson Avenue that burst Wednesday night just as temperatures dipped below freezing. Crews continue to make repairs on that line with the road blocked to oncoming traffic.

"The department of public works has been planning for winter operations since September," said Public Works Director Keisha Powell. "We've made sure we have all the materials in place, that we have all our procedures and protocols in place. We know how our crews are working, all of our crews are on standby."

City officials say six water mains were repaired overnight.  Thursday, they were working on 5 major leaks in the water system. Their goal, limit outages, and keep the water flowing.

"If we have to take people out of water when we turn the main down to repair it, we want to impact as little of the population as possible," added Powell. "The freezing temperatures impact our crews and planning the work and getting our crews on different sites. We take that in to account. We give them time to rest."

Should the city need more manpower, they have contractors waiting to step in with the larger repairs.  

Barricades still block several streets, where the water could cause the roadway to crumble under a passing vehicle.  motorists are being told to heed the warnings.

"If you see barricades, please do not run through those barricades," said Mayor Tony Yarber. "There's a couple of issues, of course they all fall under the safety umbrella, but number one we have identified that as a safety hazard so we want to encourage you not to run through them."

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