Boil water notice for 2,500 city customers

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

 

A boil water notice is still in effect for nearly 2,500 customers east of Highway 51 at presstime.
Grenada Water Superintendent Dale Ratliff said he expects to get results from the Mississippi Department of Health by Wednesday.
“We’re hoping that we will know more by tomorrow,” Ratilff said. “We had our water samples in Jackson early Monday morning.”
The City of Grenada issued the boil water notice Sunday afternoon for residents east of Highway 51 inside the city limits.
According to Ratliff, residents on Deerfield Circle and Misterton Road in Gore Springs are also on the boil water notice.
The boil water notice is a result of a severe leak which caused a sink hole along Jasper Neely Drive.
Ratliff said the sink hole was a result of Friday’s massive flooding.
Boil for a Minute
Residents affected by the boil water notice are asked to boil their water for at least a minute until further notice.
“That flooding really hit us pretty good, and we had a few hiccups along the way,” Ratliff said. “All of the water in the city has gone down, but the ground is still pretty soft. We’re doing some maintenance on a few of the stations because they have been working hard over this period.”
Ratilff said since Tuesday water crews have worked around the clock with weather related problems.
At the rural Chapel Hill Road system near the Webster County line, Ratliff said a creek flooded and broke a water line underneath it. He said with the rapidness of that creek it called for a dangerous job.
Ratilff said another break, which affected four customers, occurred on Grenada/Webster County lines.
“This break out east is one of the most dangerous ones we’ve come across,” Ratliff said. “The water line is crossing a creek, and that creek is extremely high and moving fast. We went out there late last week, and we couldn’t even get to it. That one along with the Deerfield line break, with all that mud, were pretty dangerous.”