CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - Many people who live in Canton have no water in their homes as a result of last week’s storms.
Canton Mayor William Truly, Jr. said the unprecedented weather event impacted the lives of many Canton residents.
Truly says while the boil water alert is still active, water pressure has improved to the point where many people can continue on with their lives.
“Except that there continues to be a significant shortage on drinking water,” he said.
He issued an emergency declaration to hand out bottled water to its residents.
Truly says a number of fractured and broken water lines were to blame for the shortages.
“We have aging infrastructure,” he said. “We have infrastructure that’s 50 years of age and older, and when you freeze those pipes, the natural consequence is to rupture.”
He says the aging infrastructure is something the city needs to address, despite the possibility of a large cost to fix.
The city is hosting a bottled water drive beginning at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Canton Multipurpose Arena, located at 501 Soldiers Colony Rd in Canton, Mississippi. It will only be available to Canton residents until supplies run out.