Water line break in Allendale leaves town without water

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, June 15, 2013


ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW) -- A water line break in Allendale early Saturday morning left the whole town without water, leaving some businesses closed for the day.

"It was a slow drip, it was something of that nature there," explained Sammie Hagood about losing water in his business on Saturday.

It's not what he expected when he came into work.

"We were completely out of water, there was no water at all," he said.

After 14 years running Choice Cut Meats, his business hit a dry spot.

"You almost have to shut down due to sanitation. Without water, you can't wash your hands, you can't use the restrooms," Hagood said.

In fact, the whole town of Allendale had the same problem.

A main water line break cut off all water to homes and businesses like Hagood's.

"We pretty much had to cut back on our services because we sell a lot of food here," he said.

The town of Allendale responded as quick as they could.

"This was one of those unexpected emergencies, nobody expects anything like this to happen," said Lottie Lewis, a councilwoman for the Town of Allendale.

And on a Saturday morning, it made things even more hectic.

Lewis worked all day, trying to get the water flowing again.

"We had to find parts to repair it and our guys got right on it, and they've been working right up until a few hours ago."

It's a quick fix for a bigger problem in Allendale, due to old age of the water lines.

"Hopefully, it doesn't happen again, but you just never know," she said.

It's a possibility Lewis knows her town will be ready for, just in case the drought comes back.

"It took quite a while to get this repaired this time, and trust me, it will not take this long again because we will have something in place to make sure that it can be repaired much quicker," she said.

For now, it's back to normal for Lewis and Hagood, who's ready to get back to his business, one drop at a time.

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