Moberly boil order lifted; residents give city high marks for handling outage

3 months 1 week 4 days ago Friday, February 09 2018 Feb 9, 2018 Friday, February 09, 2018 9:06:00 PM CST February 09, 2018 in News
By: Maia McDonald, KOMU 8 Reporter and Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director
loading

MOBERLY - The city of Moberly lifted its boil advisory Friday night, two days after a water main busted, which caused significant outages.

"Customers may resume all normal uses of the water," a press release said.

The repair of the water main on Sturgeon Street was completed around 1 p.m., the city said.

"We thank the community for their understanding and support as we worked to restore service to our customers," the press release said, "We understand that this has been a disruption in the daily lives of many people and the industries and businesses in our community."

City crews flushed the water mains as they tested chlorine residuals and tried to pull water through the system. Crews opened fire hydrants in order to increase flow through the water mains while pulling fresh water into the furthest parts of the system. 

Officials say they have switched to chlorine from chloramines temporarily to allow for faster disinfection should it be needed in the distribution system. The city said the water may have a stronger-than-usual odor of chlorine for a while.

Residents might see discolored water but it should go away after running the faucets for a while.

Moberly residents are reflecting on how the city handled the issue.

"First thing I heard about it was on the news, the news channels. The Columbia news channels. They said there was a news alert about it," said Marjorie Seger, a resident of Moberly. 

Seger has lived in Moberly for the last nine years and says she's never seen water issues like this that affect the whole city.

When she heard about the water outage just a few days ago, she was worried. 

"I was concerned because I had just got done doing laundry and taking a shower and everything because I did that right before I heard the news alert," she said. 

Seger said having to boil water to drink was "really hard."

"I've been really careful about doing that. It's just doing that extra step to be careful," she said. "I don't mind doing it because I don't want to get sick or anything."

Seger said she appreciates the city for getting the news out early.

Kelsey Jeffries, who's lived in Moberly her whole life, also said she thought the city handled the situation well. 

"I heard about it on Facebook. The city of Moberly has some good postings on there, a lot of information about what was going on. They definitely kept us really informed with what the issue was and what they were doing to fix it," she said.

Although she doesn't have children of her own, Jeffries said the school district had a good response to the water outage. 

"I think they ended up spending that day getting supplies and water for the students and the teachers and all the staff and they were able to come up with a good supply for the kids at school," Jeffries said.

Seger agreed.

"They didn't let it go and they've been taking care of the schools with the bottled water and that's the main thing taking care of the kids first. With going to school you don't want them so get sick." 

More News

Grid
List
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
MID-MISSOURI - If you look at the forecast you can easily tell that summer is here early. Don't forget that... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Weather
(CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:36:38 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - Cole County deputies say a man accused of having pipe bombs was cooperative when they asked to... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:40:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department wants feedback from residents on its community policing initiative. A meeting Wednesday gave people... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri. The... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday. Former police chief... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A top official at Missouri's Department of Public Safety had a potential conflict of interest when... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK- Businesses in mid-Missouri face a steep choice when it comes to having live entertainment -- lose the music... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:53:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri judge is weighing whether a secretive nonprofit group that supports Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:08:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office filed charges Wednesday against a man suspected of having pipe bombs and... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he will be ready to step up if Gov. Eric... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:48:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia will hold the first of seven community policing meetings Wednesday evening. Each meeting is set... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:34:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
BOLIVAR (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an 87-year-old man died after a small plane he was piloting... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:39:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was pulled over Friday while speeding. Spokesman Parker Briden in a... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:21:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
12am 73°
1am 73°
2am 71°
3am 70°