LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Lonoke once again has water after a main burst had much of the city shut down.
Center Street looked like a ghost town Friday as crews it put the final touches on repairs to the break.
Schools canceled. Businesses closed. Parts of the city went without any running water.
"You can't get coffee in the morning. It's pretty much been a hassle,” resident Dennis Michael told us.
The headache started at about 6.a.m Thursday, Jan. 18.
According to Public Works employees, as soon as they got an 8-inch water main break slowed down on one side of the road, a 6-inch water main break happened on the other, shooting water about 30-feet into the air.
"The Water Department was literally there from yesterday morning until 5:30 this morning, so 24 hours they were out there working along the fire department,” said Police Chief, Randy Mauk.
At approximately 10 p.m. that night, a boil order was issued. A boil order advises residents to boil their water since the water cannot be confirmed as safe from impurities.
Soon after, the chief, his officers and the fire department began passing out bottled water to residents.
"We also delivered water to the local businesses knowing the businesses rely on water. It's kind of hard to boil a bunch of water and get the water served, so we just went and aided the businesses,” said Chief Mauk.
One of those businesses was Pruett's Catfish.
There wasn't a fountain drink to be had in most of Lonoke, but that didn't stop Pruett's Catfish from feeding a hungry lunch crowd.
"Your restaurants and stuff, it's a wonder these people are open," said one customer.
The water was turned back on around 5 a.m. the next morning; the streets opened at 11 a.m.
Besides the boil order, it was business as usual downtown.
"We are at least going to be on this boil order for the next 48 hours. So until we get a sample sent to the Health Department, given the all clear, we are going to be relying on a lot of bottled water,” said Chief Mauk.
The city says the water line that burst was over 100 years old.
A $1.25 sales tax for water and sewer renovations was passed back in November to help repair the issues. The city is waiting for the bonds to be issued for construction to begin.