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Olney Loses 2 Million Gallons of Water in Leak

More than 3,000 Texomans are without water.  Crews in Olney have been working around the clock since eight last night to repair a water break.  They were able to patch things up Sunday evening.

The leak is fixed but it will be at least another day until residents see water flowing from their faucets.  Officials are still looking into the cause of the break, but believe weather played a role.

One by one, cars lined up, eager to get fresh water.

"We're just going to get some water for tonight and then we'll just see what we need
to do in the morning," said Olney resident Jessica Sanchez.

An eight inch water break caused the city to lose two million gallons of water and more than 24 hours later, taps are still running dry.

"We lost all the water out of both our towers and our ground storage," said Ronnie Cowart, Emergency Management Coordinator.

An 18-wheeler supplied residents with drinkable water for the day, thanks to Ronnie Sandlin a local trucker who traveled to Arlington to pick it up.

"I volunteered, if they need a load of water I'd go get it," Sandlin said.

That's exactly what he did.  He filled the truck with 44,000 pounds of water and soon enough other agencies kicked in a helping hand too.

"We got a water tanker out of Windthorst for fresh water also for drinking and then we
got Archer City and Young County Fire Departments to help us bring some water for our potties and stuff like that," said Olney Fire Chief, Ron Keeter.

City leaders say water will start running again either Monday night or Tuesday morning, but it won't be drinkable for a few days.  It will be under a boil alert until further notice.

Officials believe last weeks rain may be to blame.  They say it could have caused the ground to shift which then created the pipe burst.  The cost of the damage the water break created is unknown at this time.

Crystal hall news channel 6.

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