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Madison Mayor Managing Water Contamination

January 15, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Madison Mayor Managing Water Contamination
MADISON, SD -

The water in Madison is no longer safe. A roof collapse at an underground clear well has Mayor Roy Lindsay trying to keep things under control.

"When it did that, we had the roof and the dirt and other contamination that went into the water that was already treated and being pumped to the water towers. So, at this point in time, we do not have the ability to re-fill the water towers," Lindsay said.

Workers at the plant were wrapping up for the day when the roof caved in, and they have no idea what kind of contamination they will be dealing with.

"Whatever dirt and debris was on the roof, because this is an underground storage tank, that's what fell in," Lindsay said.

This cave-in has the entire city of Madison on notice. Lindsay gave everyone in the city his cell phone number for them to call if there are questions. The biggest message tonight is to boil all water from the tap before using until they are told otherwise, because water in the towers could be contaminated as well.

"The pumps were running at the time this caved in, so we do know that there was water from this caved in pumped into the system, we just don't know how far," Lindsay said.

Tests will be done in the morning to find out the severity of contamination. Until then, the crews will continue their work and Lindsay will just keep answering his phone.

"We'll be working on this all night long. We have to pump out the water that's in here first and then clean the clear well out before it can start processing and putting water back in the water towers again," Lindsay said.

Nobody was injured when the roof collapse happened. Madison Central and St. Thomas schools will be closed Thursday because of the cave-in.

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