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Water Pressure Remains Low for Some as Oxford Crews Continue to Search for Leaks

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

A service road washed out in the Industrial Park exposing and breaking a water line.
Photo from the city of Oxford


**UPDATE: City crews have located and are repairing a break that was located in a ditch behind Urgent Care at Highway 7 and Belk Boulevard and have the break isolated. Officials are cutting water back on at this time. Until equalized, officials will not be able to say with certainty that the issue is 100 percent fixed.

As Oxford starts to dry out today under sunny skies, some residents are hoping to see a bit more water coming out from their faucets.

The city of Oxford is still working on restoring water pressure today after flooding caused a water main break Saturday leaving most of Oxford without water for several hours.

According to a statement released at 8 a.m. Sunday, “Crews worked through the night inspecting and isolating lines to help build pressure in the storage tanks. At this time tank water levels are increasing but at a slow rate. ‬We thought we had a secondary leak last night but were unable to isolate the problem. At this time we are unable to give a definitive time for full pressure to return to all customers, but we are working as quickly as possible to resolve the problem. As soon as we know more we will share it. Thank you for your patience as we work through this major issue.”

The self-imposed precautionary boil water notice issued Saturday by city officials remains in effect until further notice.

More than 11 inches of rain fell in Oxford in a 48-hour period which caused roads and creek beds to wash out and expose water lines. The first break occurred Saturday morning in the back of the Lafayette County Max D. Hipp Industrial Park. Crews were able to apply a temporary fix.

Mayor Robyn Tannehill said crews will permanently fix the break during the week, bringing in truckloads of dirt to fix the service road that was washed out.


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