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55 Square mile area affected in Charleston SC by Water Main Break
Breaking news on tv | 03/31/06 | Dixie Sass

Posted on 03/31/2006 8:14:44 PM PST by dixie sass

The break is at Turkey Creek. The 48 inch pipe is over the marsh and no ones knows how it happened.

This comes at the time when we have The Cooper River Bridge Run, the Azalea Festival, the Cajun Festival, and a few other high profile events happening.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: bigweekend; charleston; drillwells; governmentdisasters; publicutilities; publicwater; watermain
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1 posted on 03/31/2006 8:14:45 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: upchuck; swampfox

My list is gone. Please ping.


2 posted on 03/31/2006 8:16:45 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

terrorism?


3 posted on 03/31/2006 8:19:53 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: al baby

Homeland security has already ruled that out. /sarcasm


4 posted on 03/31/2006 8:22:28 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: al baby

No, they aren't even thinking of that. The break is spectacular! The water shooting out of the pipes looks one of the fountains in Rome or Paris!

This has effected all the businesses in the area. This covers a three county area. Restaurants can't cook and serve, fire departments can't fight fires. It's a mess!


5 posted on 03/31/2006 8:24:26 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: flutters

No one has even brought that up.


6 posted on 03/31/2006 8:25:23 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

More on the story:


http://www.wciv.com/news/stories/0306/315505.html


7 posted on 03/31/2006 8:25:48 PM PST by Cecily
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To: dixie sass

http://www.abcnews4.com/news/stories/0306/315492.html

Hanahan, SC - A water main at the Hanahan Water Treatment Plant has broken. This is the largest plant in the state of South Carolina.

At present, Charleston Water Systems has not issued a boiled water advisory. However, they advise that all customers with trickling water turn it off and boil their water.

As of 10:00 p.m., CWS is not aware how long this break will take to repair. It could take all night. The break is affecting customers on the Charleston Pennisula, West Ashley, parts of Ladson, the North Area, and as far as Ladson.


8 posted on 03/31/2006 8:27:56 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: flutters; All

One of the hospitals has been without water since 8:30 and has gone to an emergency surgery plan. Another was out for awhile.

42,000 people are expected to take part in the Bridge Run. We have people in from all over the world for this.


9 posted on 03/31/2006 8:28:16 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

Bush Hate Carolinas


10 posted on 03/31/2006 8:29:52 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: Cecily

Thanks Cecily.


11 posted on 03/31/2006 8:30:20 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

It's Friday night. Knob Creek is better straight anyway. Enjoy.


12 posted on 03/31/2006 8:31:06 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Hey, Washington, which laws do I get to break?)
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To: flutters

They are recommending it, but haven't issued the advisement yet. Most probably won't hear much from DHEC until they have water flowing again.


13 posted on 03/31/2006 8:31:26 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass
Bush is in Mexico, right? Bet all the Mexican restaurants in Charleston are still open.
14 posted on 03/31/2006 8:32:01 PM PST by bybybill (RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: All

Here is more:

http://www.abcnews4.com/news/stories/0306/315505.html
Snippet:
Burky says there was a break on a 48-inch line and officials were working to isolate it and send the water in another direction. The Charleston Water System serves nearly 400,000 people in the region.


15 posted on 03/31/2006 8:32:57 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: al baby

I beg your pardon, that's a lie!


16 posted on 03/31/2006 8:33:28 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: bybybill

No way.


17 posted on 03/31/2006 8:34:46 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

Wow...my family used to privatize public water utlities...my dad was a pioneer in that industry

a 48 inch water main is a damn big line...


18 posted on 03/31/2006 8:36:44 PM PST by wardaddy (you get older and you realize "tired" and "sleepy" are way different)
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To: flutters

They've been doing live shots from site, people from all over the tri-county area are out "sightseeing" at the site.

It's something else!

Water is sold out at all of the stores, lol, the water for the Bridge Run is now under guard. Lol.

Advisement is out to boil the water.


19 posted on 03/31/2006 8:38:04 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass
BTW, I can't stand my water company. My district just increased my water bill and it is the highest utility I have....higher than gas, electric, cable, and internet.
20 posted on 03/31/2006 8:38:27 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: wardaddy

It is the main line.
It is the first time that this happened. The pipe is 150 feet into the marsh, it will be some time before it is repaired.


21 posted on 03/31/2006 8:41:12 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

That sucks! What a waste of good water.


22 posted on 03/31/2006 8:43:28 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Proud bunny hater and killer)
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To: flutters

My water bill when I had to pay my own, never went over $35 a month period. In fact, it is one of the cheapest utilities here.


23 posted on 03/31/2006 8:43:51 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

We lost all pressure at the time of the break, but they rerouted and we're back to near regular pressure. Live shots now still show a gusher at the break. It's a raised pipe over a marsh.


24 posted on 03/31/2006 8:47:11 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: dixie sass
It used to be here too. But our township claims they have all this new development going on and had to increase the rates. It's really outrageous. I literally pay $90.00 for water (electric averages about $85.00).
25 posted on 03/31/2006 8:47:31 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: Ptarmigan

Lol, to put it mildly!


26 posted on 03/31/2006 8:47:33 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I tried to call you to see if you were okay. Then found out I had the wrong number (dumb!!!!). Glad that it is back up, you are on the upstream side of the pipeline, right?

I saw the live feeds on Channel 5.


27 posted on 03/31/2006 8:50:00 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

I'm just in the affected area, almost at the end of the line. Another quarter of a mile North and I'd be on Goose Creek water, a system that has no problem due to the break.


28 posted on 03/31/2006 8:53:13 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; All

My cousin, who lives on Old Mount Holly Road was without water. I guess their's is back own now since yours is. We lost pressure here.

The water is almost through draining out of the pipe. That's a big gap! They are saying that it looks like it is the fittings and not the pipe. But they won't know until they can get out there and look at it.


29 posted on 03/31/2006 8:58:37 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

The water break in Charleston is just the first step. Now, where is Cheney? You don`t know do you? Its all part of the plot to sell out the country.
Just watch, Bush will announce that the Mexicans have a "special team" trained by Halliburton in the UAE, that can stop leaks in large city water systems, and Fox is going to let them come to America to help save South Carolina. (Notice where Howard Jones U. is located)
Need more proof? OK, Had Mexican food in the last three days? Feel a little tired tonite? Well, most peope don`t know this, butin honor of Bush`s trip, Fox has sent Mexican chiefs to every Army and Marine base in the South and they have been feeding our brave troops for a week!
NOW, as a real American, WHERE IS CHENEY?


30 posted on 03/31/2006 9:01:29 PM PST by bybybill (RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: dixie sass

Just so you know, those were jokes and not planes that just flew over your head.


31 posted on 03/31/2006 9:02:58 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: dixie sass

you might be surprised

they can mat out onto the marsh with equipment and a joint of pipe that big is probably on the way already

maybe within 24-36 hours it could be up...maybe less

what are they saying?


32 posted on 03/31/2006 9:04:17 PM PST by wardaddy (you get older and you realize "tired" and "sleepy" are way different)
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To: hole_n_one

Didn't sound like a joke to me.


33 posted on 03/31/2006 9:04:28 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

That's quite apparent.


34 posted on 03/31/2006 9:05:04 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: wardaddy

They are anticipating Sunday for the repairs. The cranes will be coming in. The water has stopped flowing.

They are advising drinking bottled water and using boiled water.


35 posted on 03/31/2006 9:07:13 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

I'm sure sorry


36 posted on 03/31/2006 9:08:01 PM PST by wardaddy (you get older and you realize "tired" and "sleepy" are way different)
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To: wardaddy

Lol, for what? I had the bad luck of watching Channel 5 when they came on with the announcement. Debbie Chard and Bill Sharp have a tendency to over dramatize everything!


37 posted on 03/31/2006 9:10:44 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: wardaddy
They do have the equipment on hand. They're going to move a crane in but overhead power lines may cause a problem. The pipe was a few feet above the water but now the leak has flooded the creek up to the bottom. Plenty of different type specialty cranes are available as there's tons of bridgework being done in the area.
38 posted on 03/31/2006 9:15:20 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: dixie sass

sorry you have no water dear


39 posted on 03/31/2006 9:16:15 PM PST by wardaddy (you get older and you realize "tired" and "sleepy" are way different)
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To: dixie sass

Not to worry...as a good FReeper should, I know you have your 3 day supply handy.....right?


40 posted on 03/31/2006 9:19:34 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: wardaddy

The water pressure here simply dropped for a while. Others in the area were with out. They have managed to divert water into other feeds. What is going to cause a problem is in the morning, the restaurants can't re-open to serve food without the permission of DHEC. There isn't an empty hotel room in the tri-country area, so I guess that everyone will be coming to Summerville for food and then back to CHarleston for the Bridge run.


41 posted on 03/31/2006 9:47:51 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: flutters

Lol, I was just thinking I'd better get the hurrican preparedness kit ready early this year and put in a few extra chocolate bars...


42 posted on 03/31/2006 9:48:56 PM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass
I knew you'd have it together. *grin* Add a few gallons of water and you'll be set!

A few of us are working on a preparedness thread. I imagine the FReepers in hurricane & country areas don't need it, but if you have something to add, we'd sure appreciate it.
43 posted on 03/31/2006 9:59:10 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: flutters
A good source of fresh water is to drain your water heater. Flush a little bit to make sure it is clean. I would also recommend using a water filter if you have it.
44 posted on 03/31/2006 10:44:04 PM PST by burzum (A single reprimand does more for a man of intelligence than a hundred lashes for a fool.--Prov 17:10)
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To: flutters

That's a good idea. The VetsCorp people are doing something similar.

Everyone should have an emergency kit put together. Having dealt with hurricanes of all sorts, it's mandatory.

Number one rule - never run out of chocolate!!!!



45 posted on 04/01/2006 12:11:11 AM PST by dixie sass
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To: burzum

That's one of the first things we were taught.


46 posted on 04/01/2006 12:12:58 AM PST by dixie sass
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To: dixie sass

We've got a sewer main break here on Oahu and the mayor has the city dumping UNTREATED SEWAGE into the canal that empties into the ocean about 1/2 mile from Waikiki. So far about 15 million gallons have been dumped. PEW!!!!!


47 posted on 04/01/2006 8:45:31 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Native Texan)
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To: al baby

illegal aliens?


48 posted on 04/01/2006 9:49:45 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: rfreedom4u

GACK! Gross, doesnt' federal law prohibit that kind od dumping?


49 posted on 04/01/2006 12:26:09 PM PST by dixie sass
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