Out of water: Rural Water District customers in McCurtain Co. urged to cut off water heater circuits

Out of water: Rural Water District customers in McCurtain Co. urged to cut off water heater circuits
The floodgates have been opened on Broken Bow Lake, sending a rush of water down the Mountain Fork River.
The floodgates have been opened on Broken Bow Lake, sending a rush of water down the Mountain Fork River.

HAWORTH, OK (KSLA) - Efforts to provide water to customers of the Rural Water Districts through the Idabel water system in McCurtain County have failed, and now customers are warned to turn off the circuits to their hot water heaters tonight.

Haworth's board member and town board trustee Steve Carter says mechanical problems prevented the connection between Idabel's system and the Rural Water districts, after the Broken Bow gravity pumps flooded and failed early Monday.

As a result, Carter says Broken Bow will run out of reserves tonight and customers in Rural Water System Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 will be without water. That includes Broken Bow, Wright City, Valliant, Hochatown, Eagletown, Millerton and Garvin.

The only people who will have water are Haworth and Tom, both in District 1, and Forest Grove (District 7), because it is tied to Idabel's system which is on it's own.

Carter warns that those with electric hot water heaters will need to turn off the breakers to their hot water heaters before they go to bed Monday night in order to reduce the risk of a fire hazard when the tanks go dry.

Those with gas hot water heaters should turn the pilot light off.

Toilets can be flushed by filling the holding tank first.

It is unknown yet how long it will be before the water will be restored.

Copyright 2015 KSLA. All rights reserved.