Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nor was there a drop to drink.

There is no way to sugarcoat it.  A greater part of Jackson will be without water from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon while the city repairs some major water main breaks.The Hinds County Emergency Operations Center published two maps (posted below) of the affected area.  MEMA estimates up to 40,000 customers in Jackson and Byram will be affected.  A press release states:

The City of Jackson will begin emergency repair work on the 48-inch concrete pipe off Forest Avenue on Friday, March 10. The water main repair will require the temporary closure of water valves, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. The water outage is expected to affect City of Jackson surface water customers in areas of south and west Jackson.

The contractor is expected to complete the repair work by 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12.  The whole area will be under a boil water notice immediately following the repair until the Mississippi State Department of Health notifies the City that water samples are clear, which usually takes 24 hours.

Some quick notes:

*All performances at Thalia Mara will continue as scheduled. The auditorium will not be affected by the outage. 
*Restaurants east of I-55 N will operate as normal.
*The Manship is bringing in water and ice and will remain open.
*The City also offered the following advice and assistance:

Residents are also encouraged to begin taking steps to prepare for the water outage by filling empty containers with tap water and purchasing bottled water. Residents can also fill their tubs with water for household needs.

The City has a limited supply of bottled water for distribution, one case per household. The water will be distributed at the following locations: Precinct 1, 810 Cooper Road; Precinct 2, located at Metrocenter Mall, and the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2531 N. State St., the West Street entrance. The water will be distributed on Friday, March 10, from noon until 6 p.m. and on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. as long as supplies last.

The Department of Human and Cultural Services will provide a case of water to vulnerable adults. Residents may call 601-960-0335 for more information.

*Keifers will remain open as long as the bathroom facilities operate. The restaurant will operate as it usually does under a boil water notice.  However, fountain drinks will not be served although beer will still be available.


Anonymous said...

Why didn't Yarber ask the Governor to mobilize the Guard to place potable water trailers at every firehouse in areas that could potentially be affected? Great training for our Guard in disaster relief and could have been a huge help to our citizens. Tony, consider this a a 'Man Tip.'

Anonymous said...

@ 11:46 am That assumes the Guv actually wants to help Jackson in a time of crisis (when is there not one in Jackson?).

Anonymous said...

And the repairs will be complete right on time........I'm not holding my much you want to bet they find more problems the minute they start digging?

Anonymous said...

If the city asked Feeeel and he said no, he might as well just put on a white hood. He doesn't have to like doing it, but he can't just not do it. Doesn't matter. Jackson city 'leaders' are way to smart to even consider it. City's lack of communication is awful. Oh well, not like providing clean drinking water and basic sanitation is the basis of why we form municipal governments. Sure hope the GJAC got their money, Franklin and his cronies got paid, and Socrates still gets a cut on every contract issued out of City Hall.

Anonymous said...

11:46, the Governor is ... um .... white. And he is from [gasp] Rankin County. Why would Yarber dare cooperate with someone like that?

Anonymous said...

Governor cannot mobilize NG or MEMA on his own unless and until there is an emergency. Right now, its not an emergency, just an inconvenience. Once the city f**ks this up, which they are quite capable of doing, it can become an emergency very quickly. Then the Guv doesn't need a request, he can declare it himself.

But the state could assist today if the Honorable Mayor weren't so hardheaded and incompetent. Plenty of assets on hand to help with distribution of water, transporting of supplies or people, etc. If the Guv went about doing it on his on, though, he would be chastised for thinking that the black leadership of the city was not competent and that the state had to step up and do it for them.

Problem here is not that the Guv would turn down the request - problem is that the city is too arrogant and ignorant to ask for any help wherever it exists.

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't Yarber ask the Governor to mobilize the Guard to place potable water trailers at every firehouse in areas that could potentially be affected? Great training for our Guard in disaster relief and could have been a huge help to our citizens. Tony, consider this a a 'Man Tip.'

March 9, 2017 at 11:46 AM"

TOTALLY AGREE!! Giving out ONE case of 32 bottles of water isn't going to cut it for ANY household that is going to be bathing, using the toilet, or any major use for water to keep things remotely sanitary! If hotel use outside of these affected areas is an option, use it, I probably will IF affected, otherwise, hunker down and get ready to rough it for about 48 hours. Water trucks stationed at fire stations, controlled, are a great idea. That's the very least that could have been done for tax paying Jacksonians.

Anonymous said...

This will go on into next week. Most of the state and federal employees who work downtown expect that they will be off Monday and Tuesday, at least.

Anonymous said...

What about fires? Could Jackson be burning?

Anonymous said...

If you believe the water will be back on anytime Sunday, hold your bowel movement. Parts of Jackson will be without water for three weeks, MEMA will recommend to Phil that he contact FEMA for disaster declaration and you know the rest.

This was Bennie's, I mean Tony's, plan all along.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know where to take donated water for those affected?

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing nobody wanted to foot the bill for a national guard deployment $$$$. BTW are we taking bets on how quickly something will go wrong at the water distribution stations (Free Bottled Water). I'm sure Stokes has it all under control!

Anonymous said...

Ok, the Horne ad looks like he is advertising for a local tv news crew and not a mayoral campaign ad.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:32pm Take water to any street in the mapped area. They will be affected.

WTF? This isn't a natural disaster and people should be smart enough and capable to fill their tubs and extra pots for the stove to cope for a day to two if all goes well.

Kingfish said...

Phil would help out if a formal request was made. Politicians love to appear as saviors. Nothing like strong statements and photo ops of them rushing to the rescue. Phil is good at pandering and campaigning. He would be all over this one like The Wolf.

Anonymous said...

2:32 - No need at this point to take donated water anywhere. This is a planned outage; meaning the city has planned for the inconvenience and planned for distribution of bottled water. It's not a disaster requiring you to load up the Volvo trunk. Yet.

Anonymous said...

5:05, with utmost of due respect, forgive me if I don't have too terribly much confidence in the city's plan for the outage, the inconvenience, or distribution of bottled water. The same folks that can't get me clean, safe drinking water through pipes already in the ground using protocols in place for decades might find the task of hauling, staging, and distributing bottled water to everyone in need on a quick turn in a situation that could erode quickly a tad daunting. And fewer and fewer of us own Vovlvos. You've neglected the streets for so long that we're beginning to drive vehicles more reminiscent of a Mad Max film.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure any church would be happy to distribute bottled water for you.

Anonymous said...

"Problem here is not that the Guv would turn down the request - problem is that the city is too arrogant and ignorant to ask for any help wherever it exists. "

Reminds me of that idiotic LA governor (white, but also a Democrat) who refused to ask Bush for help after Katrina until she was forced to. DUmbasses.

Hey: I heard a rumor fake stucco keeps water sterile enough to drink ;-)

Anonymous said...

Its good to ask the next level of government or one's neighbor for help, but asking the private sector for investment partnership is admitting defeat. Baptist & St. Dominic drilled their own water well. That is wise. Building toll roads, transit, security patrols, walled neighborhoods, school and water systems to take the place of public infrastructure is giving the society over to oligarchs who are the very ones who advised or corrupted the very governments they are replacing. Public entities have transparency and public-private ones will be unimpeachable and just as political.

Alpha Storm said...

Looks like a good weekend or week to go out of town..

Anonymous said...

The wells at the hospitals are actually required once they start offering certain services. Just like they have to have generators. ICU's and OR's need to be self-sufficient and have back-ups in place.

Donny said...

Several days without water is going to decimate CPA firms who need every spare DROP of time to complete returns. Partnership returns are due a month earlier than usual and this is crushing firms.

Anonymous said...

Saw porta-johns outside Mississippi Dev Authority. It's bad enough they are underpaid.

Anonymous said...


Are there actually any CPA firms left in Jackson? If so, it is a result of their own stupidity.

@10:56 if you think MDA employees are underpaid you clearly have never worked with them. They are the most incompetent group of lazy idiots you could imagine.

Anonymous said...

Oh good grief! It's a wonder we survived the flood of '79 . What an inconvenience that was!
There has been plenty of warning. People should have filled up their tubs with water to flush etc.
If you don't know how to be prepared, ask one of the Brownies coming to your door to sell cookies!
The sky is not falling!

Anonymous said...

"Oh good grief! It's a wonder we survived the flood of '79 . "

The Jackson of 1979 is long gone.

Anonymous said...

nothing but whiners and doomsday posting here, Jacksonites will be just fine.

Anonymous said...

At the city's February 28th stakeholders meeting, one of the city's departments stated that they were in discussions with the National Guard about placing what the guard calls Water Buffalo in strategic spots throughout the city. They admitted that talks weren't finalized, but it does appear that a request was made. If the request for the guard's potable water vehicles, or Water Buffalo, was denied, it would be interesting to know why.

Anonymous said...

1:18, Maybe the same city employee that put in the paperwork for the 90 million dollar loan put in the request for the water buffalo?

General Sherman said...

I got stuck in traffic this morning getting out of Atlanta, but now that I'm here the place looks worse than the last time I left it. Oh well, on to Vicksburg for some crab legs!

Anonymous said...

The Guard. One-third of the Guard is full-time and a lot of them live in Jackson. Did you know that? 3% of the Reserve is full-time but they don't have Congressmen and other politicians in their courts. Guv doesn't need to mobilize them. Just ask them to serve their State for the weekend. They're being paid anyway. Meanwhile, Jackson's infrastructure reminds me of Baghdad after over three decades of Sadaam's dictatorship.

Watch For It. said...

Kingfish will now flip and suddenly start his apology tour for Jacktown, cheering about how well the city is handling the water crisis and mentioning all manner of businesses who have turd-flushing toilets and what racists all of us are for being doubting Thomases.

Look for it.

Oh...I forgot to predict he will lambast me for this post. Incoming.

Not On Sergeant Carter's Watch.. said...

One third of the guard is full time? If that is true (keyword IF) something is amiss. Why do we need a third of the National Guard to be full time? What the hell are they doing 'full time'? Are they at drill FULL TIME? Ore they on emergency FULL TIME? Are they lounging around armories FULL TIME. WTF?

Anonymous said...

When I was at the Pentagon I attended a force strength meeting and the guard listed 33 percent AGR which is full time active duty with all benefits. Ask your congressman or governor about it. Reserve AGR is 3 percent. That's all the reserve needs to keep the unit operating and training reservists. They belong to the DOD. The guard doesn't but DOD foots the bill because the politicians tell them to. An active duty troop would rather have the guardsman's weight in ordnance than a guardsmen in a combat zone.

Anonymous said...

At the end of one of the city's phone recordings Saturday was a line that said "Thank you for being AMAZING through 'his' latest test of our city's resilience."

(After stating the call was from Mayor Yarber) HA-HA!!

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