Some Homes Still
Jim Fox Road
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
Some homes remained without water this morning while others may have continued to experience low water pressure following a major water line break Wednesday near Jim Fox Road.
"There was too much water going down the road for cars to get through," said Site Foreman William Ross on Wednesday afternoon in describing the amount of water lost in the break.
The crew closed Jim Fox Road for safety reasons until the damaged 24-inch water line could be repaired, Ross said.
The department reopened the road early this morning.
"It started as a defective gasket pipe settling issue, and it turned into some worse problems," Ross explained.
A crew with the Greeneville Water Department first began repairs on the line about 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the problem reportedly worsening around 2 p.m.
Crews were then left to work through the night until finally repairing the leak about 5:30 a.m. today, according to Water Superintendent Laura White.
"I just appreciate our guys working through the night to get it fixed," White said this morning.
"It's never at a convenient time. It's always on a cold night."
Both White and Ross anticipated that final work to finish flushing the line and restoring water service to area customers would be complete by about noon today.
"We're sorry for everybody's inconvenience," Ross said around 8 a.m. this morning, after being on the scene of the break since 2 p.m. Wednesday.
"We did the best we could," he added. "We're sorry for their trouble and thank [customers] for their patience."
Ross had estimated on Wednesday that some 20 homes were without water and that customers over a wide area that included the Glen Hills Water District were experiencing low water pressure.