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Hurricane Residents, Mayor Frustrated Over Water Line Breaks

Reported: Jan. 1, 2014 10:31 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 1, 2014 10:38 PM EST
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HURRICANE, W. Va. (Kera Mashek) -- Water is now back on to more than a hundred homes in Hurricane, but many people are still angry because losing water service keeps happening over and over in one particular part of town.

Of course, water main breaks are pretty common this time of year. As weather gets really cold, then temperatures warm up, pipes freeze up then expand, causing them to break. But in Hurricane, there have now been four water main breaks in the last 45 day - all in the same neighborhood, pushing residents and the mayor to call for action.

John and Cathy Bradford are getting used to pulling the faucet handle and seeing no water come out. They, and more than 100 other people living in their neighborhood, just off Main Street in Hurricane, have seen water service cut off twice in December and two more times on New Year's Day, and their patience is wearing thin.

"The water's been going off when people are getting ready to roll out to work, you know, trying to get ready, take showers, get their breakfast fixed. It's just one big headache after another," John Bradford said.

For people living in the area that's having these continual water main breaks, it's not just an inconvenience to not have water inside their houses, but it's also an added expense to them.

"We have to go buy water to flush the toilets, cook with, drink, brush our teeth," Bradford said.

Hurricane's mayor is also unhappy that so many residents are forced to cope without water because of frequent line breaks, but said this should be a wake up call that the city's water lines need an overhaul now.

"The whole thing needs replaced. It's probably about a 60 or 70 year old system that's in the ground right now, put in in the early 50s, and it's the original water lines. So it's got to be replaced," Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said.

Mayor Edwards has even called an emergency water board meeting to get serious on the discussion to fix these aging water lines, so people here aren't forced to live without a basic necessity. The good news is that the city saw this coming and some pre-engineering for replacing the lines is already in the works. Now it's just a question of how to pay for the project.

"What we'll do from the city side is come up with a price, come up with how much it would affect everybody and just ask the people, 'Do you want us to kick the can down the road and keep band-aiding it, or do you want us to go ahead and fix it?'" Edwards said.

The emergency water board meeting to discuss the needed water line repairs is set for 7:15 p.m. Monday at Hurricane City Hall.



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