Chattanooga and North Shore are running out of water after Tennessee American suffers a water main break.
Thousands of people in the tennessee valley are without water at this hour after a water main break late yesterday.... crews are working at this hour to try to stop the massive amount of water coming from this break.... news 12 now's ashley henderson joins us live from the tennam headquarters on amnicola...where the repairs are taking place at this hour.... ashley what can you tell us??
Kay...the chattanooga downtown area is coming to terms with the fact that there is no water service there.
That, of course, includes schools...that are all closed now.....but also businesses including the aquarium.
But...here's how it all started.
10 pm last night - during work on a planned project at the main plant - a break occurred in a 36 inch a break occurred in the 36 inch line in the 1960s era pipe where work was being done about 35 about 35,000 people in the downtown and north shore areas might be affect.
This could be a multi-day event customers will experience low or no pressureel4 hours.
"what we're doing right now is we're closing a number of valves, and we've actually got, the pressure coming out of our plant has actually gone up - we've closed some valves, that'll help restore water towards our downtown areas, uh, like i said before 36 is one of the largest pipes that we have out in our system so it obviously supplies a lot of water so it's very critical."
They're asking people to be in a self conservation mode until this problem can be repaired.
All tennessee american water crews are working to restore water as quickly as possible.
In chattanooga, ashley henderson, news 12 now.
Emergency operations center working 12 hour shifts.
In:14:33:03 "confirm, this is completely random..it wasn;t like a human error or something in:14:33:03 "confirm, this is completely random..it wasn;t like a human error or something of that nature?
It's completely an accident..we were working right there..andf then we had to brace it...it happened 20 feet off to the side..how many are working on this right now?
We have our whole staff ..we're actually working iun shifts...we called people in last nighty after we bvecame aware of it..working in 12 hour shifts..we're going to keep working until we get it all done."
Let's take a look a the areas impacted by the water main break.... tennessee american water issued a code red notification earlier this morning alerting customers in the affected areas.... the impact stretches from rossville to red bank....and lookout valley..... again over thrity thousand people are affected in this area... we have also learned from the water company thats customers on lookout mountain will experience low to no water pressure at all.
The area affected includes business....gover nment offices and schools... however, lookout mountain, tennessee mayor walker jones, tells us right now they are doing o-k, and he hasn't been notified about losing water pressure.
Jones says they have a water tank, so that's keeping things going, and it's business as usual.
All hamilton county schools are closed right now due to that water main break.... as the problem continues to grow throughout the city.... let's get the update on transportation for those students.... wdef news 12 now's danielle moss joins us live....danielle i understand you just spoke with school officials.... yes kay, students are being dismissed early from school county wide.
Yes kay, students are being dismissed early from school county wide.
Hamilton county schools is following their early release schedule that was in place the wednesday after labor day.
They felt like that release went smoothly.
I talked to tim hensley and he said that when they were first notified about the water main break it was not going to affect the whole county.
Students that are still in school will receive lunches.
Tim says that all parents have been notified of the early releases.
They are unsure on the number of schools that are affected.
But the ones that are have no water at all we have gotten word that utc is closed as well.
I also talked to some residents at a retirement t home i'll have that story for you at six the water main break is causing many city offices to close this afternoon.... city hall...the annex....the council building...main street warehouse and the water main break is causing many city offices to close this afternoon.... city hall...the annex....the chattanooga public library the water main break is causing many city offices to close this afternoon.... city hall...the annex....the chattanooga public library the water main break is causing many city offices to close this there is no water in those schools and we also learned to utc as close as well.
So there are number of components in different businesses and schools are closed today because of thi water main break.
I talked to some residents at a retirement home is well at that part of th story.
Expect uk danielle in the water main break is coming.
Many any offices to close this afternoon our talk about anyhow and asked that chattanooga public library downtown brands and the youth and family development offices are closed.
There are numerous other city offices close today, including a cement cultural center, the