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Crews Work To Repair Major Water Line Break In Gallipolis

Reported: Jun. 3, 2014 3:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 3, 2014 6:25 PM EDT
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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (Darrah Wilcox) --The calls of low or no water pressure started coming in Monday morning to the city of Gallipolis.

"We searched through all the back alleys and through the streets and hillsides, trying to find this water leak," city manager Randy Finney said.

After several hours Monday, they finally found the break, beneath the murky surface of the Chickamauga Creek at the Ohio Route 7 bridge. They quickly put a contingency plan together.

"We're going to run a temporary line across the bridge, and once that's taken care of, we'll come back and put a permanent line in once we get past this crisis," Finney said.

That line should be in place sometime Tuesday evening, and they'll be able to build back up storage tank supplies for the 3,000 customers affected.

"Any time you lose water, especially for a day or two, it's a great impact on your residents, and we really feel bad about it," Finney said.

Many residents haven't had access to water for the last day or two.

James Bing said, while it hasn't been too bad for him and his wife, they haven't been able to wash clothes or take a bath.

Some restaurants brought water over from Point Pleasant to stay open. Other businesses, like Duke Cleaners, weren't so lucky.

"We gotta have water to dry clean. We have a boiler back there that uses water," employee Robert Gordon said. "I got to feed the boiler manual. I had to haul water to the make up tank to put water in it to keep steam up a little while. so we could press some stuff today. Without press we can't do nothing."

People are trying to be as patient as possible.

"We realize, they're doing the best they can and that's what they're going to continue to do," Bing said.

Gordon said they just hope the water is flowing again soon.

"Sooner rather than later," he said.

The city manager thanked the public for their patience. He said they'll be posting updates on their website and contacting customers through their phone system.

If they can get the temporary line in by Tuesday night, tank supplies should be built up enough to restore water Wednesday, but customers would still be under a boil water advisory until they can test the supply.



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