Winter storms lead to water issues

Clearing the way. Tyler Tomlinson was one of many pitching in to help clear the snow from streets, driveways and parking lots last week as Davis residents reported over 7 inches of snow from two mid-February storms.

By Alisha Thompson
The City of Davis water plant is working at mass capacity since last week’s historic winter weather event. Record breaking low temperatures for extended periods of time kept many Davis residents at home and well, let’s face it, many homes in Davis weren’t prepared for temperatures that broke pipes and produced water leaks all over the city.
Ready for some good news? Oklahoma Emergency management is willing to help.
Storm Damage
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is actively seeking reports of damage from the last two weeks. Please email all information needed to www.damage.ok.gov. Reporting damage helps the ODEMHS document the overall impact of the winter storm and helps support the case for further assistance to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover.
Oklahomans can report damage to homes, businesses or agriculture through the online survey at www.damage.ok.gov.
Information requested includes: flooding from broken pipes; damage to furnaces, electrical systems or major appliances from power surges; number of days without water, gas or electricity; number of days displaced by the winter storm; and injuries sustained as a result of this winter storm.
Other information required includes: pictures and/or short video clips of the damage. This must have GPS coordinates, which the survey app does automatically. Full insurance policy for the jurisdiction, including the schedule of values and declarations page. For public works water main breaks, submit a system data sheet showing when the break occurred indicating a drop in pressure along with water line size estimates.
Water Woes
Several nights last week City of Davis water crews looked well past midnight for leaks and other factors that could’ve contributed to the city’s overall low water pressure. Public works director Bert Curtis even slept at the water plant one night to be available when needed.
Monday, the City of Davis’s Facebook page said: “City of Davis water plant is still operating at maximum capacity (1.2 million gallons per day), which is three times our normal usage. There is no boil order in effect for customers who receive their water service directly from the City of Davis. We do realize there are still areas with low water pressure or no water service at all. We are working diligently to locate any issues and resolve them as quickly as possible to restore service fully to our customers. You may see city workers driving streets and alleyways on UTVs actively searching for water leaks and issues.”

Pitching in. County Commissioner Colt Williams worked to clear the parking lot of the Murray County Expo Center, getting snow and ice out of the way to make the lot safe.

The city did see progress on Friday and City Manager Andy Holland posted the following statement on the city’s Facebook page and it read in part: “We believe we are making up some ground, in that past 3 hours, we have more than doubled the water levels in the 3 water towers in the city limits. We are optimistic that this upward trend will continue and most of the city should see their water service returning and pressure increasing before early morning. The two rural water districts, West Davis and West Carter should also see some level of water service being restored with steady increase in water pressure.”
Issues with water pressure could continue as the weather continues to warm up and leaks begin to thaw. Please take a walk around your home to see if you can spot any flowing or bubbling water from the ground. If your neighbor’s home is vacant, please check around it as well. Report all leaks to City Hall by calling (580) 369-3333.
One casualty of this recent winter weather spell was the Davis Underground Elementary School. The cold temperatures froze the building’s sprinkler systems causing a water leak and damaging the building. The building can not be used for a storm shelter and residents are encouraged to use the storm shelter in Fullerton Park at the end of North Seventh Street and the park’s entrance. There is no estimate for repairs on the underground elementary.
If the City of Davis is not your direct water service provider, please contact your direct service provider to inquire about your service or report issues.

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