Water main breaks, icy bridges expected as temperatures drop

Water main breaks, icy bridges expected as temperatures drop
Lumumba discusses cold weather challenges (Source: WLBT)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Jackson city officials are urging residents if they see a water main break or experience a loss in water pressure to call 311 immediately.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says main breaks could become a problem as the temperature again drops into the 20s tonight, for the second straight night in a row.

“If you’re experiencing a water main break please inform us using our 311 service,” Lumumba said. “Don’t assume somebody else has called it in.

“If you have not informed us, we are unaware as a city and unable to address the issue.”

Main breaks become a more common occurrence during the winter, as the water and ground temperatures drop.

Those changes in temperatures wreak havoc on the city’s aging water infrastructure, causing mains to break.

Public Works Director Charles Williams said crews would be “actively working over the next couple of days” to address any breaks that occur.

Like the mayor, he urged people to contact 311 if they notice a loss in water pressure and to pay attention to any boil water notices that might be issued.

Leaders are also urging motorists to be careful while driving, especially on bridges.

Public Works began administering sand to the structures around 4 a.m. this morning, in case of icing.

“Even with their hard work and dedication, efforts on the bridges are not failproof when it comes to whether or not you can lose control of your vehicle,” Lumumba said. “If those areas do ice over, then there is potential you could be at risk.

“You need to operate with the necessary precaution as you move across the city.”

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