Grambling dealing with water crisis

By T. Scott Boatright

Lightning and water don’t mix.

And that’s become a problem for the city of Grambling.

Officials from across the state were still working in Grambling late Wednesday night for an apparent water leak that has left 70% of city water supplies at a precipitously low level.

“We think lightning must have hit a well or gotten into the system on Tuesday morning,” said Grambling Mayor Edward Jones Wednesday night. “It looks like it might have hit one of the water lines. So we’re trying to discover where (the leak) is now.

“There’s a major leak in the city and we’re trying to find it. We have representatives from Louisiana Rural Water here, we have a private company here and we’re using our public works people. We’re looking at the map and trying to use the process of elimination as we shut off valves to see if it causes pressure changes that can help pinpoint the leak.”

Jones said that despite the crisis, there is still water available for Grambling residents.

“We have drinkable and non-drinkable water at the Grambling Fire Department,” Jones said. “We’ll start at 10 a.m. (today) until 8 p.m. Kip Franklin and Lincoln (Parish) Homeland Security brought us water and Brookshire’s gave us around 1,200 cases of water. They’ve helped us so much.”

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