Ala. city now in 5th day without water

Posted by: John Shryock - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Access to water is something most take for granted, at least until it runs out. That's exactly what's happening for an entire Alabama city, and it's been that way for days.

Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day says his city, located near Mobile in Clarke County, is in a state of emergency, and now officials all the way up the chain to Governor Bob Riley's office are taking notice.

Thomasville buys approximately 75% of the water in neighboring Wilcox County's Pine Hill Water System. However, severe cold weather and heavy use are combining to create the perfect storm. The city's water supply is trickling in at around 25 percent of what it needs.

The problem isn't new. The city has been dry for five days.

The Clarke County Commission has declared a state of emergency for the north end of the county and released 150,000 bottles of water from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

The city doing what it can to keep its nearly 5,000 citizens hydrated. Water distribution is available to citizens from 7am to 10pm at the Thomasville Civic Center. Mayor Day says he's keeping city hall staffed 24/7 until the crisis is over.

Fire trucks are being employed to haul water to an area armory so it can be purified.

All facets of life are being affected. Any water using operation that can be turned off has been put into place. Schools are closed. Even Thomasville's hospital hasn't been able to do surgeries because of water pressure issues.

A meeting was called for 2:30pm Tuesday. WSFA 12 News will pass along more information as it becomes available.

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