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

1 week 2 days 7 hours 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
BOONE COUNTY - A 10-acre fire threatened several homes just outside of Columbia Sunday. The fire was near the... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:04:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - With all 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives up for election this November, campaigns are getting... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:57:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
LICKING - The Texas County Sheriff's Office canceled an Endangered Silver Advisory for an 85-year-old woman reported missing... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:30:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - A California man was taken into custody after deputies reported finding a "substantial amount" of meth inside... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:20:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia plans to pull together a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 5:58:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
CENTERTOWN - A warm, but blustery Sunday morning carried the smell of gunpowder over Rock Creek Road in Centertown, a... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will soon be supplementing classroom training with online courses, according to Public Information Officer... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 10:14:00 AM CST February 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A fire destroyed a home on East Mount Hope Road early Sunday morning. Boone County Fire... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:53:00 AM CST February 18, 2018 in News
Eric Hosmer is leaving the Royals. Hosmer signed an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres for for around... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:04:00 AM CST February 18, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - More than 100 students gathered to compete in the 2018 Columbia Elementary & Middle School Scholastic Chess Tournament... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 5:22:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Father Tolton Catholic High School Blazers and the Battle High School Spartan Sparklers came to share their... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:49:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
ASHLAND – The Ashland Police Department is taking precautionary measures after a school shooting at a Florida high school. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:36:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH – Elementary students displayed their creativity on Saturday. Hy-Vee hosted a Junior Chefs Energy Bite competition. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:40:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police were unsure Saturday who drove a vehicle they believe hit and killed a man on I-70.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:34:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Public Schools will have two high schools by August 2019. The district held a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 1:09:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boys & Girls Club of Columbia kicks off its 13th annual MFA Oil Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-off... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 6:35:00 AM CST February 17, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT- Leonard Stephenson has lived in his mobile home, on the same street, for over 20 years. "I... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 12:55:00 AM CST February 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Department of Mental Health is notifying 1,000 people that some personal information... More >>
2 days ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 5:16:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
5am 57°
6am 58°
7am 59°
8am 61°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
KOMU 8 News Today
5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program
5:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld