Tunica residents receive free water after deep freeze

By Chip Washington - bio | email

TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - The recent bitterly cold temperatures led to burst pipes in Tunica, and was partially to blame for unsafe drinking water there.

As a result, Tunica residents have been lining up since Sunday to receive free bottled water, courtesy of the state of Mississippi's Emergency Management Agency.

Randy Stewart, Director of the Tunica County Emergency Management Agency, said Tuesday that the problem started when temperatures dropped.

"Since everyone was running water for the safety of keeping their pipes from freezing, it drained our tanks down to an unsafe level," he said.

The increased water usage also caused low water pressure and unhealthy bacteria residue.

Tuesday, Tunica Mayor Chuck Cariker said water pressure was back to normal, and tanks were once again full.  Taylor said tests showed the water is bacteria free, but residents should still use caution.

"If you have a leak call us. We'll come turn the water off until you get it repaired," he said. "We still need to conserve water, but as far as the quality of our water, we've got great water."

Cariker said residents may notice a bit of discoloration in the water over the next few days.

Meanwhile, the handouts of bottle water were scheduled to end Tuesday, except for people whose water has been turned off for repairs.

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