Water restored in Benton; boil water notice issued

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 11:11am

Benton residents were without water for about 10 hours following a major water main break Tuesday morning.

Officials say it happened at around 1 a.m. when a 16" pipe burst on Airline Drive in the Palmetto Estates neighborhood. The break was caused by a leaking portion of the pipe that gave way.

Schools are providing students with bottled water, and the courthouse has been closed.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a boil water notice until the drinking water is safe again. State officials were not able to give a time frame on how long the notice will last.

Crews restored water to Benton shortly before 11 a.m. and are currently working to restore pressure to the water line.



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