HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents and businesses in Hickman County were dealing with “major” water problems on Tuesday. Several businesses closed because of a water main break, which was ultimately fixed later that evening.
Centerville Mayor Gary Jacobs says cold weather is to blame for the issue. He believes sometime in the overnight hours a water line broke and they worked nonstop to find it.
Fifteen-hundred customers, both residential and commercial, were effected.
“We’ve got some restaurants, some stores, along with people in their homes that are out of water today,” Mayor Jacobs told News 2.
Signs posted on the door at McDonald’s off Highway 100 stated the restaurant is closed due to the water outage, while the gas station next door had to close their deli and restrooms.
“(We are) asking everybody to be patient, understanding we are working as hard as we can in terrible conditions to get this resolved as soon as possible.”
Mayor Jacobs says crews were battling frigid temperatures.
“(It) couldn’t have happened on a worse day with single digit temperatures this morning, our crews have been out all day working,” he explained.
He also says it was all hands on deck as they searched for the broken water line.
“Everyone that’s with our public works is out there now some of our folks that were off today have volunteered to come in and help with this, that’s a good thing about a small town everyone does what they can to help our neighbor,” the mayor told News 2.
He added that crews were struggling to locate the break, as it is likely it was in a fairly remote area.
“It’s taken us a little while to pin point it, but what we are doing now is restoring water to one of our main storage tanks in the Fairfield community of Centerville and once that water levels back up to a safe level we are going to start isolating different trunk lines of our water system, restoring water to those lines; checking the telemetry, checking the pressure to make sure they are holding and as we go down the lines we will determine which one has the leak, isolate that line and begin the repairs,” Jacobs explained.
The Hickman County Emergency Management department posted to Facebook shortly after 8 p.m. the water issue was resolved.