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Tahoka schools closed due to water main break

TAHOKA, TX (KCBD) -

Tahoka city employees were up most of the night fighting a water main break on 6th Street and Avenue J.

But the break caused more than just a sleepless night for some.

For the first time ever, school was closed because of a water line break.

Several local businesses were also forced to close, including Let the Children Come Daycare and child development programs.

Employees say the state requires running water for hand washing and sanitizing to prevent transmitting disease or illness.

Mayor John Baker said the process of repairing the entire city water system is lengthy but they are making progress in that direction.

"That process will take some time because you can't just shotgun the entire town during that replacement," Baker said. "You have to work systematically through the town to replace it."

Lynn County is considered an economically distressed area and qualifies for state grants from the Texas Water Development Board.

The grants will go to replace water lines that are reaching the end of their lifetime - like the nearly 100-year-old lines that run below the city.

To repair the entire system will cost nearly $2 million, but it will be fixed one phase at a time.

"We received a grant for the design of our water distribution replacement system and that process is currently going on and we are almost complete."

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