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Workers with Gudiel Company Cable of Marietta, Ga., struck a main water line on Third Street in Ferriday early Tuesday afternoon, forcing the town to cut off the water and the town to announce a boil water notice.
The workers are laying fiberoptics down for AT&T in the parish.
The line was in a ditch between two fire hydrants.
Water flooded yards on Third Street and Florida Street soon after the break.
Ferriday was then forced to go into a boiled water notice.
"Any time there is a break in a line we have to take samples and send them off to Winnfield and then they take them to Shreveport," said Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin. "It's mandatory and it's the right thing to do. We actually had a break in two different places. Those were new lines I had put in last time I was mayor, so they were PCV lines. If it would have been cast iron, it would have taken longer. But it was an accident. We had marked the place and the gas company had marked where not to dig. It's just one of those things. They've been laying lines all over the parish to upgrade their system, but if it's going to happen, it's going to happen in Ferriday. Thank goodness it was not on the highway."
McGlothin said water had to be shut off for four-and-a-half hours.
"We contacted the hospital and businesses," McGlothin said.
The Ferriday mayor said he hopes to be able to come off the boil water notice by noon Thursday.
"It just depends on how quickly we get the results," he said.
Riverland Hospital Administrator Lana Stamper said the water problem did not affect the hospital.
"We have a state-certified water well back-up system that automatically kicks in, so business is as usual and we have bottled water for backup that is in reserve," Stamper said.
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