Yarber: No date yet for Forest Avenue water repairs

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Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said Wednesday that a date has not been set to repair three breaks on the 48-inch water line on Forest Avenue in south Jackson.

WJTV 12 reported on its website that Yarber held a press conference to report that the city expects that it will take 24 to 30 hours to make repairs over a weekend.

“What will likely happen is that work will begin on a Friday afternoon and hopefully see water restoration by that Saturday evening, Sunday morning,” he said. “This is a critical repair that has to get done.”

Jackson leaders hired a contractor to fix the water line last month, but they ran into more problems and had to stop the work, WJTV said.

Yarber said the Department of Public Works would set the date when repairs will start. City leaders plan on meeting Monday to discuss the plans for the repairs.

City officials are urging residents to sign up for their “Code Red” alerts to stay informed about the issue.

Tuesday, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted to declare a state of emergency on the issue. Yarber declared the issue an emergency last month.