MEDICINE PARK, OK (KSWO) -Residents in Medicine Park faced a drinking water problem Sunday night because of all the rain.
The ground became so saturated that it shifted and damaged a water main where it connected to a fire hydrant, not far from the city's water tower. Medicine Park Public Works Director Ken Morrow said it took them so long to find the leak that it virtually drained the water tower, and most of the town dealt with low or no water pressure Sunday afternoon and through most of the day.
The public works crew fixed the leak a little before noon Monday, but the water tower was almost empty because of the leak and took about six hours to refill and regain proper water pressure.
After spending the weekend with her grandchildren, Medicine Park resident Helen Riley returned home Sunday night to find herself without running water.
"I just watched TV and didn't wash any dishes, you know. I had some water in the house and drank that and things you always do. I always keep water in case the water gets shut off, it happens regularly," Riley said.
Morrow says he was first made aware of the town's water pressure problem on Sunday afternoon after several phone calls from concerned residents. Morrow says after coming up empty handed in their search for the source of the leak on Sunday, he and his team hit the ground running at 5 a.m. Monday to finish the job they'd started the day before.
"Whenever we have running water off these mountains from the rain itself, it's hard to tell what's rainwater and what's water loss from our town," Morrow said.
Morrow says two of the crew members saw water shooting out of a hole and determined this is where the leak was coming from. From there, it was a relatively quick fix.
"I know it's an inconvenience for a few hours, but we're on it and working as hard as we can to figure out what's going on," Morrow said.
Riley is grateful for the fix and say's she can get back to doing the things we often times take for granted, like flushing the toilet.
"It fills up slowly, you know. It filled up overnight. So, I guess I'll go home, flush it whenever the water comes back on again," Riley said.
Morrow says over the next couple of days, the public works crews will clean up the debris left behind on the streets from the water leak.