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Winter weather breaks line, shuts off water in Dearing

City of Thomson water department crews have been extremely busy repairing breaks in water lines caused by several days of frigid temperatures.

One of the latest breaks occurred Friday in Dearing. It left dozens of homes and businesses without water for more than two hours. Crews had the problem resolved about 12:45 p.m.

The culprit was a 6-inch water line, in front of a residence on First Street. It broke shortly after 10 a.m., according to Thomson Water Superintendent Scott Huff.

Mr. Huff said he received word of the problem by telephone about 10:30 a.m. from Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley. Mr. Huff said he gathered a work crew within minutes and drove to the site to assess the problem.

The break was about four feet deep, Mr. Huff said.

A backhoe tractor was used to dig a hole so workers could find and repair the break.

Mr. Kelley said half of the town had to be cut off in order to fix the break.

"It's pretty bad, pretty bad," Mr. Kelley said. "It's a major catastrophe for Dearing. You know when you have to call and put it on the radio, it's bad, and I even went and put it up on our sign there in front of town hall."

Residents living on the south side of the railroad track were without water while repairs were made.

"It was a raging river over there," Mr. Kelley said, referring to when the break occurred.

Mr. Huff said frigid temperatures had caused lots of water lines to break in Thomson during the past week and a half.

"Last year, we had three or four in Dearing," Mr. Kelley said.

Web posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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