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Water main break cuts service to community

Things are back to normal in Thomson and McDuffie County following a major water crisis that affected thousands of water customers early last Saturday.

A 10-inch water main, located off Lee Street in Thomson, is believed to have broken sometime between 1:30 and 2 a.m. It was at that time a city worker noticed a dramatic drop in water pressure prompting him to notify city officials who immediately activated their emergency response plan, according to George Nichols, city water services director.

After working for several hours to make repairs on the cast iron pipe, crews were successful.

"We had a mess on our hands for a while, but everybody pulled together and we got it fixed," Mr. Nichols said.

Scott Huff, city water superintendent, said about a million and a half gallons of water was lost because of the water main break. The water pooled in some places and flooded areas along Church Street and First Avenue.

At least one major industry was forced to shut down operations, due to having no water.

Other businesses affected by the water crisis included Thomson Dialysis Center, McDuffie Regional Medical Center and Thomson Manor Nursing Home. It also was reported that Ryan's Steak House and some other local eateries were closed for a few hours.

Asked if the city plans to replace the old water main pipe in the future, Mr. Huff replied he didn't think so, because it would be such a costly venture.


A closer look at the people who responded and the businesses affected by the water main break in the print edition of The McDuffie Mirror

Web posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007

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