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Water Main Break Leaves Some North W.F. Residents Without Water

For the second time in one week, a water main break leaves some North Wichita Falls residents

Some residents in north Wichita Falls hope to have their water restored by tomorrow  after a major water line ruptured this morning.
Mechell Dixon joins us from Riatta Village Mobile Home Park where crews are working to repair the leak.
Any idea when the water will be turned back on?

After shutting off the water around 11 a.m., Wichita Falls crews spent much of the day removing dirt from around the ruptured pipe and draining the line so a Dallas area welding crew, that is with the company that built the water line, can repair and allow water service to be restored.
Having no water can be a huge inconvenience but for Riatta Village residents, I found out this is the second time this week a water main break has dried up their faucets.

Wichita Falls utility crews say as crews started working on what started as a minor water leak it suddenly turned major.

"While we were excavating it it blew out," says John Bunch, utilities supervisor for the City of Wichita Falls.

Thousands of gallons spewed from the pipe causing crews to shut off the water to Riatta Village Mobile Home Park but that's not all.

"Along Airport Road will be without water over by the Walmart," Bunch adds.

But this is not the first time this major water line has stopped area faucets from flowing.
In August 2012, a different section of this line broke leaving residents and businesses along Sheppard Access Road without water for more than 24 hours.
And just three days ago a leak in this line forced Riatta Village residents to go without water for about eight hours.

"It's a little bit of an inconvenience for us .  It's an inconvenience for me and my time trying to explain to the people.  It's an inconvenience for the folks who say I have to be at work or I'm cooking dinner for my kids or I have a two year old that needs a bath.  What do you do?  Your washing machine stopped in the middle, it will start back up later," says Jeff Tyree, Riatta Village manager.

But city utility crews say for this leak "later" could be sometime Thursday.
Although Riatta Village residents are still without water it appears business in the area, like Walmart and Cracker Barrel, so have water.
Utility supervisors say that Dallas area welding crews should arrive soon to repair the hole in the line.

 
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