By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel
Walnut had a main water line break before Monday and more than half the town remains without water, Mayor Vicki Skinner said Tuesday morning.
“An 8-inch main broke under Highway 72, and right now, about three-quarters of the town is out of water. The outage affects about 400 water system customers. The area north of Highway 72 is OK, however,” Mayor Skinner said.
The town is under a boil water notice from the State Health Department until further notice.
The outage has drawn help from several areas. Tippah Emergency Management Agency personnel have provided a generator and lights for the town, Alcorn emergency management personnel are assisting, and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency representatives are helping on the scene. Dist. 1 Supervisor Jimmy Gunn cut short an out of town conference to return to help as well.
The Walnut Volunteer Fire Department is now being used as a staging area for supplies flowing into the town. Pallets of bottled drinking water have been received, as well as a tanker of water from Alcorn County.
Harmony Baptist Church has also opened its doors to those needing assistance, and is also serving as a staging area for those bringing food and water to help the town.
Walnut Fire Chief J.J. Mathis said area volunteer fire departments would help provide Walnut firefighters with water to fight fires until the water line is repaired.