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Water lines repaired after lightning strike causes leak in Chattahoochee County

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 10:06 AM EST
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CUSSETA, Ga. (WTVM) - A lightning strike resulting from strong storms Sunday evening caused a major water main leak in Cusseta, according to the city.

Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening, Chattahoochee County manager Laura Lee Bernstein says lightning hit an eight-inch pipe, shattering it in three places. Immediately, water was shut down for residents on Fire Tower Road up to the Marion County border.

Bernstein says crews responded quickly and were able to repair the damage. Another leak was later discovered on Highway 137 and it also has been repaired.

She also says while Fort Benning is in that area, the Army installation was not directly impacted by this incident.

“The school system, they do have water which is good. We were able to keep them on but the rest of the county, that eastern side of the county was affected and will probably be affected until tonight,” said Berenstein.

Chattahoochee County officials say residents should continue to boil their water until approximately 10 p.m.

Bernstein says about 1,000 of their 3,300 customers were without water.

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