Cushman Water

The Arkansas Army National Guard has put a potable water station at the Cushman Fire Department while the city works on getting the water system restored. 

While there is no timetable, according to Cushman Mayor Brittany Hurley as to when the city's water will be back to normal, Hurley did say that crews are working as quickly as possible to do just that.

"We are currently searching for leaks just south of Cushman," Hurley said. "We've had some breaks in the main line. There are crews out repairing the leaks as they go. We have the drone in the air using thermal imaging and infrared to help narrow down the search."

Hurley added, "The main focus is to get the main line addresses and then we will work our way from there."

Things began to unravel in Cushman on Friday when a multitude of leaks in the water system nearly depleted the water supply. 

Troops from the Arkansas National Guard have set up potable water tanks have been set up for residents at the Fire Department. 

On Friday, Hurley said the leaks were "bad enough that we can’t keep water in the tanks.”

The city is still under a boil order until further notice, and if a resident has a leak, please shut off the water off at the meter and if help is needed contact Cushman Water at 613-4608 or 805-9137.”

Hurley said she has been on the phone with Independence County Emergency Management Director Glen Willis, and has put in a request with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management “to see if I can get the National Guard set up to pass out water to residents until we get the leaks resolved.”

Those requests have been approved according to Griffin and Willis.

“I have the National Guard coming from Corning,” Hurley said “Batesville Station 3 will be their fill up point and I am making arrangements to set a 2,000-pound tanker at the Cushman fire station for the public to come gain access to water. I am getting someone now to clear off the road up there.”

In the longterm, Hurley said she would like to get enough money to replace the water system, an endeavor that she said was going to be “very expensive.”

“We are currently working with others to get grants so this does not happen in the future,” Hurley said Friday. “We need a grant that we are eligible for. Our water loss is near 72 percent. Until we can get the loss down, we aren’t eligible for certain grants.”

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