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Water Issues in Halifax County Prompt Closure Of Schools, Restaurants

Posted September 8, 2006 12:49 p.m. EDT

— The town of Scotland Neck and surrounding areas have little or no water as crews are working to repair a water line break.

The water problems have forced five Halifax County schools -- Southeast Halifax High, Bakers Elementary, Scotland Neck Primary, Dawson Elementary and Brawley Middle -- to close early Friday morning. Several restaurants in Halifax County have also been forced to shut down due to the water problems.

Firefighters have been giving out bottled water to residents who need it. Crews from other fire departments are on stand-by to assist with any potential fires in that area.

On Thursday, Halifax County officials said they noticed a major break in the water system. They are not sure where the leak occurred in the water line.

Officials hope to flush water through the system in hopes of identifying the leak. After that, they will try to seal the leak and pump water back through the system.

Once water is restored, customers are being asked to boil all water for at least one minute until further notice.