Water Main Break Floods Furniture Store

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The broken water main was capped at this location along the alley behind Evan's Jewelry. It runs along the gap between the two buildings pictured and beneath the Jones Furniture building in the background.

Over two dozen customers were without water for a time earlier this week, the result of a break in a six inch main late Tuesday in downtown Piggott. The main failed sometime late in the day beneath the north end of the Jones Furniture building. It was discovered, and reported, around 11 p.m. by Piggott Police Chief Bill Alstadt although he was off-duty at the time. Alstadt noticed, and reported water running from the front and side doors of the building. Authorities then contacted owner Kevin Jones.

Further investigation revealed that the main, which runs east and west beneath the rear portion of the Jones building, had failed due to deterioration.

"We had four to six inches of water in the building, it was a real mess," noted Julia Jones. "But, we're just glad that it wasn't worse, no one was hurt and we can clean up from this."

Mayor Gerald Morris joined Utilities Manager Brian Haley and Water Superintendent Bradley Scheffler at the scene, along with a crew from the water department. By early Wednesday morning the crew had exposed the main in the alley just east of the building, and it was capped.

Scheffler reported the line would be re-routed, providing water to about 20 of the affected customers between North Third and the railroad track. But, he added that it would likely be sometime late Thursday before water service is resumed to the post office, Hoggard and Son's Funeral Home, Piggott Public Library and the First Methodist Church.

This portion of the repair will require a road bore under North Third/U.S. Highway 62. Scheffler also noted that it would involve the temporary removal of a large portion of the sidewalk in front of the funeral home, but added that the city has the full cooperation of the Hoggards.

During the noon hour Wednesday Morris called a special meeting of the Piggott City Council to address the issue and authorize funding for the repair. The council also approved payment to D&G Plumbing and Heating for the work that must be done inside the Jones building, due to state regulations prohibiting work by municipal crews within homes and businesses.

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