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Water main break in Muskogee affecting businesses and schools

Posted at 6:37 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 19:37:04-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Muskogee school officials tell 2 Works for You seven out of 12 of their campuses have been affected by the water main break in Muskogee near Muskogee High school.

Officials say they noticed a problem around 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Muskogee Public Schools Director of Communications Steve Braun tells us, the city was having issues locating the problem due to the heavy rain.

“In response to that we were still able to serve lunch on trays that can be thrown away so that we don’t have to deal with cleaning trays and that kind of deal because we don’t know when the water will return,” Braun said.

The school announced the problems to parents, and many picked their children up early.

Braun says they've found temporary solutions until things can be properly fixed.

“We also started working on getting portable restrooms rented out and delivered to sites, and currently those are being delivered to sites across the district as well. Just in preparation because just depending on how long it takes, for that to be fixed, the water pressure and restroom needs will be assessed,” Braun said.

Braun says before receiving the porta-potties, they tried taking students to neighbor stores, but a lot of them had similar problems

“Came in this morning and we had no water pressure and ended up not having any water at all. If we don’t have any water we can’t run the restrooms; we can’t sanitize anything, wipe anything down, do dishes. We can’t make certain things that require water,” Weber said.

Taco Bell Second Assistance Manager Michael Weber says they quickly closed their doors early before having to turn down any customers.

“You want to make sure you get it closed down before you get all these people in here and you can’t serve them,” Weber said.

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