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Cold weather causes plumbing problems at Mississippi State Capitol

Cold weather is causing water woes across the South, as water mains break and people run faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

Posted: Jan 4, 2018 8:02 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cold weather is causing water woes across the South, as water mains break and people run faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

Everyone on the water system in Jackson, Mississippi's largest city, could be under a boil-water order for days because of low pressure from broken mains. Some restaurants, medical clinics and other businesses have closed, and portable toilets have been set up outside the state Capitol, where legislators are meeting and some toilets won't flush.

In New Orleans and other places where temperatures have risen again, authorities want people to stop running faucets to prevent frozen pipes, saying that's reducing water pressure.

A water main break left parts of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, without water Thursday. In suburban Atlanta, East Point and College Park lifted a boil-water order after fixing a water main that broke Tuesday.

It's not the first time that cold weather has caused water problems in Jackson. Cold snaps in 2010 and 2011 caused widespread water main breaks, leaving broad swaths of the city without water.

Barbecue restaurant Pig and Pint was open in the city's Fondren business district Thursday, but serving food on plastic plates and offering only bottled drinks.

Managing Partner Chris Clark said the restaurant couldn't operate Wednesday because water pressure dropped before opening time, causing the restaurant to lose daily revenue of $7,000 to $8,000. By Thursday, owners had brought in portable toilets.

"Unfortunately, we're prepared for this in Jackson," Clark said.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center closed or relocated some clinics because low water pressure prevented steam heating.

Near the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a burst water main left streets coated with ice. At least two hotels and some university buildings were without water.

"They told me something about a water main break and I thought they were just making up an excuse for not having water. But when I looked outside and turned on the news, there really was a problem," Brian Cheshire, who was staying at the DoubleTree Hotel, told WBMA-TV .

Millsaps College in Jackson delayed the start of on-campus classes until Jan. 16, citing a lack of water, although it said professors would send online work earlier. Pipes froze in two dorms at Jackson State University and outside two dorms at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Jackson officials reported 37 broken water mains Wednesday, but Public Works Director Robert Miller said the number was down to 22 on Thursday. He predicted that if only a "reasonable" number of new leaks were uncovered, problems could be fixed by Saturday.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 153270

Reported Deaths: 3807
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10249104
Hinds10095199
Harrison7173111
Jackson6440124
Rankin5705103
Lee517095
Madison4902107
Forrest385986
Jones361788
Lauderdale3567147
Lafayette329752
Washington3197108
Lamar294750
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Lowndes240464
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Neshoba2225118
Marshall219450
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Monroe201078
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Sunflower191955
Warren177757
Tate175351
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Copiah165440
Pike163958
Yazoo157940
Scott156630
Itawamba155635
Pearl River153468
Alcorn152828
Coahoma151043
Simpson150353
Prentiss148431
Adams143151
Grenada141445
Leake138344
Holmes131561
Tippah126730
George126225
Covington124639
Winston123726
Hancock122840
Wayne119023
Marion117346
Attala116134
Tishomingo110042
Chickasaw108332
Newton107529
Tallahatchie97427
Clarke92453
Clay92327
Jasper83522
Stone78515
Calhoun77713
Walthall76929
Montgomery75425
Carroll73815
Lawrence72614
Smith72116
Yalobusha72028
Noxubee71917
Perry67726
Tunica61819
Greene60822
Claiborne58816
Jefferson Davis57817
Amite55214
Humphreys54319
Benton49618
Quitman4947
Webster45014
Kemper44218
Wilkinson40122
Jefferson35711
Franklin3485
Choctaw3457
Sharkey31717
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 247229

Reported Deaths: 3577
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson32718500
Mobile19904362
Madison13425148
Tuscaloosa13167154
Montgomery12380236
Shelby1046577
Baldwin882098
Lee778566
Morgan675150
Calhoun6366121
Etowah635166
Marshall630955
Houston532338
DeKalb489736
Cullman447442
Limestone430245
St. Clair425755
Lauderdale413354
Elmore409464
Walker3689111
Talladega353554
Jackson327123
Colbert314642
Blount294640
Autauga275142
Franklin254233
Coffee246515
Dale234454
Dallas226532
Chilton225038
Russell22313
Covington220334
Escambia198631
Chambers177250
Tallapoosa177091
Pike159214
Clarke158919
Marion141336
Winston134423
Lawrence129636
Pickens124218
Geneva12378
Marengo122524
Bibb118817
Barbour117511
Butler117342
Randolph103821
Cherokee102924
Hale97731
Fayette92216
Clay92024
Washington91619
Henry8676
Lowndes79929
Monroe79011
Cleburne77414
Macon74522
Crenshaw71230
Bullock70019
Perry6896
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