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City of Center doused by water main issues; Tyson shutdown

Repairing water main breaks, brought on by the frigid temperatures has been a top priority of city of Center’s public works crew, as four large breaks have plagued the city’s water supply since Monday night.


According to city manager Chad Nehring, Tyson Foods was the most affected, as the processing plant has been shutdown today to allow for the refilling of the million-gallon water tank at the Tyson plant. Nehring told me this morning he spoke with Tyson officials who feel the plant should be back to normal operations Thursday morning. Tyson goes through anywhere from a million, sometimes as much as two million gallons of water a day in processing.


Nehring said the largest of the breaks was on FM 699, where repair crews braved the cold temperatures until midnight this morning, and at a break on San Augustine Street that was repaired around 5 this morning. Another water line break was reported on College & Church streets.


“Hats off to our guys for their hardwork in making sure water was restored to the city’s customers, Nehring added.


Nehring said the million gallon Tyson tank should be filled by this afternoon.


Tyson advises the day shift 28 degree room, labeling, and shipping, will work today, Wednesday. All other day shift departments will not work today. In addition, night shift will not work today, Wednesday. All shifts maintenance will work today at Tyson Foods, Center Processing Plant.


The City of Huxley is asking customers in the Oakdale, Possum Trot and New Harmony areas to boil their drinking water until further notice, due to problems caused by the weather. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the system to notify customers in these areas to boil their water prior to consumption.

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