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Fire hydrant hit-and-run causes 2.5 million gallon water loss in Red Springs

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RED SPRINGS, NC (WMBF) – Citizens in Red Springs are advised to boil drinking water for 72 hours due to a hit-and-run accident that involved a car that clipped a fire hydrant. 2.5 million gallons of water was lost, according to Red Springs Mayor John McNeil.

The accident occurred around midnight on Peterson Street. Firefighters had trouble identifying the cut off valve because it was rusted, McNeil says. 

Several neighbor fire departments are on standby with tankers to protect against fires.

McNeil said, the majority of the town will have water soon, right now is just low pressure. It will take until 2:30 to get the town back up to full pressure. They need the elevated tank to be full for pressure to be restored. 

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