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Broken water main closes schools

WARRENTON, Ga. --- A water main that broke near the City of Warrenton's water plant on Monday night forced the closure of public schools in Warren County on Tuesday.

It also put between 700 and 800 residents and businesses in the city limits of Warrenton without water services for more than 14 hours.

Warren County Commission Chairman John Graham said the break was detected between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Monday and that crews immediately began searching for the location of the leak.

Workers were able to find it about midnight and began making repairs as soon as they could, Mr. Graham said.

Getting to the leak turned out to be somewhat of an obstacle for workers, since a lot of dirt recently was moved over that area because of an ongoing construction project at the water plant, he explained.

"Workers had to move a lot of dirt from the area before it was safe and began making repairs of the leak," Mr. Graham said.

"We did everything we could to assist the City of Warrenton with the problem. It was definitely a long night Monday."

Repairs were completed about noon Tuesday, said Warrenton mayor Tony Mimbs.

Mr. Graham said a boil water notice would be in effect for the next 24 hours.

Classes at all public schools in Warren County resumed on Wednesday.

Web posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010

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