Water Break On Depot Street Affects Jail, Downtown Traffic
BY O.J. EARLY AND KEN LITTLE
A water line break slowed downtown traffic and generated problems for the Greene County Detention Center over the weekend.
A 6-inch water line broke on Depot Street, near the jail, between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff Steve Burns said.
"A water line blew out, and it forced water into our electrical room," Burns said this morning.
The water line break prompted the use of auxiliary power at the Greene County Detention Center, which was operating normally again this morning.
"We had to shut the power down, and we had to go to emergency power," Burns said.
Some computers at the Sheriff's Department administrative building next to the jail remained off-line this morning.
"We'll be up and running soon," Burns said.
Crews discovered that the valve for the water line, located on East Church Street, was damaged while attempting to turn the vavle off.
A section of the street, stretching from the Roby Adult Center to Andrew Johnson Bank, was closed temporarily on Sunday while repairs were made.
"It was all related to the break on Depot Street," Water Superintendent Laura White said this morning.
White said that water lines are subject to break as temperatures rise following cold weather. The ground expands as it thaws out, White said, and that creates problems for water lines.
"Those are older lines downtown, so those are more apt to break," White said.