Details emerge on Blue Ridge water outage

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – New details have surfaced concerning Tuesday evening’s water outage in downtown Blue Ridge.

According to Rebecca Harkins, director of Blue Ridge Water and Sewer department, a contractor doing a road bore beneath state Route 515 near East Highland Street in an effort to install a two-inch water service line struck and ruptured a six-inch water main line Tuesday afternoon.

Harkins stated the incident occurred when the bore struck an unknown line under Hwy. 515 as it was being backed out. She added that the ruptured water main was eight-feet deep below at least a foot of pavement and was not detected by sonar equipment last week during preliminary work site preparations.

A ruptured water main near East Highland Street and state Route 515 resulted in a widespread water outage for downtown Blue Ridge water customers Tuesday evening.

Water service was restored to affected customers at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning as crews removed a portion of pavement near the shoulder of Hwy. 515 to access the point of rupture, Harkins stated. Later Wednesday, the two-inch line water line was successfully installed and clean up of the site began.

Harkins said Johnson Paving will perform the pavement repair on the roadway after the clean up process is completed.

“The city of Blue Ridge would like to thank all of the utility crews that worked till 1:30 a.m. in the freezing temperatures to make sure water was restored to the customers. The city would also like to thank Holloway Trenching for stopping by and offering help,” Harkins said of the repair and clean up efforts.

 

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BREAKING: Downtown Blue Ridge experiencing water crisis

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Currently, much of downtown Blue Ridge is experiencing a widespread water outage after a contractor working at a site near Blue Ridge Elementary School struck and damaged a water main earlier this evening, according to Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Robert Graham.

Graham stated Rebecca Harkins, director of Water and Utilities for the city of Blue Ridge, contacted him telling of the emergency. Harkins stated crews from the city were working to repair the line but that it could be hours before water could be fully restored to downtown Blue Ridge.

Continue to follow FetchYourNews as more details on the Blue Ridge water situation emerge.

 

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Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

City of Blue Ridge receives safety, liability grants

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The city of Blue Ridge were the recipients of two Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) grants Friday, Jan. 26. The city received a Safety Grant in the amount of $1,987.16 and a Liability Grant in the amount of $4,574.95 for the purchases of employees rain jackets, a Stream Light portable scene light and portable walk-through metal detector.

Regarding the grants, Eileen Thomas, marketing field manager for GMA, stated, “This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees.”

Introduced in 2000, the GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program provides a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Over 130 cities have received over 500 grants totaling almost $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear, and police department in-vehicle video systems.

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to over 500 member cities.

 

[Featured image: GMA Workers Compensation Claims Manager and Liason Brenda Black, City Clerk Kelsey Ledford, Director of Water and Utilities Becky Harkins, City Councilwoman Robbie Cornelius, Mayor Donna Whitener, and City Court Clerk Barbie Gerald.]

 

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