They were worried about running out of water on Christmas. Now, Selma is out of danger of that happening, according to Mayor James Perkins, Jr.
Perkins said in a statement on social media Thursday morning that he's "pleased to announce that we have managed to get the water leakage to a manageable level."
"Our water supply has been stabilized, and our tanks on the low side are at normal levels," Perkins said. "The high-side tanks are increasing as well. Selma, we are out of danger. Thanks to dedicated heroes of the Selma Water System and City workers for the hard work. Their tireless efforts averted a complete shutdown of our water system. Our water supply is safe and usable. We ask that citizens continue to conserve, but normal use is fine. Also, remember if your water has been turned off you may experience brown water initially. Just drain your lines of the backup and things should be just fine. Finally, we need to be patient with our local plumbers; they are very busy right now. Selma we did good! Thanks for all your help."
Perkins had declared a local state of emergency late Christmas night, warning of the possibility the city could run out of water.
According to Perkins, "bursting" water pipes were due to the "deep freeze" conditions that affected parts of Alabama and the South.
"Citizens of Selma, due to the deep freeze, water pipes are bursting throughout the city, causing a major loss of water to the point that if not stopped, there is a real possibility that we will run out of water," Perkins said on Christmas night.
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