Early morning water main break leaves Catahoula residents without water

CATAHOULA, La. (KLFY) – Monday morning Catahoula residents woke up to no water, and with children in school and residents getting ready for work there was little time to prepare. Water was a popular item Monday.

“it’s going to be probably about twenty gallons of water we’re going to have to stock up on.”

“We have a couple of cases of water left. We sold about 20-30 gallons. There’s been a lot of people coming in asking for water,” said Williama Landry, manager of Landry’s Grocery. Several residents say there was no warning the water would be shut off. Tabatha Leblanc said even local schools were unaware.

Several residents say there was no warning the water would be shut off. Tabatha Leblanc said even local schools were unaware.

“I got a phone call from the school letting me know they were sending the kids home because the water was out.”

Pat champagne, with Water District 4, said the water main break happened overnight. He said workers discovered it when they arrived at work, and that is why a notice was not sent to residents.

“It happened overnight at the water plant in St. Martinville, and when they got there they noticed there was water all over.”

And while having no water was difficult for residents, it also was a big concern for the fire department.

“What we have in our district is called dry hydrants, we actually have five of them, and we actually draft water out of the lake to fill our trucks up in the case of a fire or emergency,” said Fire Chief Jeremy Melancon.

A boil advisory was issued after the water was restored around two p.m; however, residents in Catahoula still were not getting any water. Champagne said they are working to restore the water as quickly as possible. He said they hope to have it back on soon.

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