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State stands ready with water aid for Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

At 3 p.m. Friday, the City of Jackson will cut water off to tens of thousands of residents. The planned outage is to repair a leaking water line. The water outage will impact residents and businesses in over 21 square miles.

State officials say they're standing ready with Jackson and Hinds County in the event the water repairs become an extended job.

"Taking care of the citizens of Jackson and Hinds County are Governor Bryant's number one priority," said MEMA Director Lee Smithson. "The state is ready to provide resources to the city and the county as they request them. We do have a governor's state of emergency ready to be implemented if the water repairs don't go as planned."

But right now there's no indication the city will need for the state to step in. The repairs are expected to take 48 hours. Still, behind the scenes, a contingency plan is set to take care of Jackson residents during a prolonged outage.

"MEMA has coordinated with the department of health, environmental quality, public safety and the national guard should any of their resources become necessary over the weekend, added Smithson."

State officials did connect the City of Jackson to their state contract water provider. The city bought $24,000 worth of water to provide to residents; three truckloads, 4,788 cases.

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As for now, state officials don't believe downtown state offices will be impacted.

"The capitol complex, downtown area state buildings were not impacted by the last water outage so at this point were not anticipating, but again that's part of the contingency plans MEMA is working," said Smithson.

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