Water troubles in Okolona after winter weather

Several Chickasaw County residents have either gone without running water or experienced lack of water pressure as a result of damage from the winter weather. Crews have been doing repairs.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 8:28 PM

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Normalcy might be near for several Chickasaw County residents who have either gone without water or experienced lack of water pressure as a result of winter weather.

Last week's weather caused problems with pipes, water mains, and water meters.

A hole workers dug in the road to fix a water pipe. 02-23-21.

"It's been like a 24/7 kind of week," Public Works Director Richy Cousin said.

He explained at least two water mains in the city needed repairing after last week's winter weather.

City workers reduced water pressure to the mains and fixed them while the water was still running, a process called "fixing it hot".

Residents in a couple neighborhoods lost water pressure as a result. Cousin explained this is when towns will typically issue a boil-water notice.

He explained that water pipes underground leak when the earth shifts in the freezing weather and damages them.

The cold typically won't affect pipes, as they're three feet underground.

Crews recently had to tear up a section of the road to repair a water pipe on Tuesday of last week (week of February 17th).

Now a hole surrounded by caution cones is at the intersection of East Main and North Child Street, taking up almost half the road.

Cars must drive around it. There is just enough space for two cars to pass by one another.

Cousin said the new road has been there only about a year, and tearing it up costs money.

Going forward, Cousin said customers may have water leaks and not find out until later.

"Some of the customers don't find out they have a water leak until the bills come out."

Cousin added the pipe at East Main and Child Street is fixed. Crews fixed it Tuesday of last week in about 4 hours.

He said one of the next steps is getting that hole fixed. 

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