Thursday, January 14, 2010








Blaze destroys Cherokee Shores home

Courtesy Photo/Randy Harley, Payne Springs Fire Rescue
Payne Springs Fire Rescue responders battle a blaze that destroyed
a mobile home belonging to John Jenkins and his son at 149 White
Dove Trail in the Cherokee Shores subdivision near 4 p.m. Saturday.
The home was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Payne Springs
responded with seven apparatus and 12 firefighters, and the Gun Barrel
City Volunteer Fire Department also responded with one apparatus and
four firefighters. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

25,000 out of water
WCCMUD pumps quit; water tanks empty
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Trouble for West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District began Saturday when it was discovered the controls to the main pumps were not working.
Since the water from the plant was not being pumped into the storage towers, every WCCMUD tower was quickly drained.
The utility stores approximately 1.5 million gallons of water in its above-ground towers and ground-level storage tanks, office manager Wanda Sanders explained.
“All 6,000 accounts, about 25,000 people, were impacted,” she said. “The problem we have right now is that we are trying to fill the tanks.
“Since all the storage tanks went empty, it will take a little while to fill (them back to capacity),” Sanders added.
Almost all of the WCCMUD customers found they were out of water Saturday afternoon. Many customers were still without water Monday evening.
WCCMUD called in their engineer and people from SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), a computer software provider that refers to an industrial control system, to study the cause.
“When the water comes back on after being off this long, customers need to use it sparingly at first, to give the storage tanks time to refill,” Sanders said.
Once the tanks are filled, customers should boil the water used for cooking and drinking until notified, Sanders added.
Once the ground begins to thaw, the utility company is concerned it will find numerous breaks in its pipelines and in homeowners’ lines.
“A big thank you was earned by all of our employees during this crisis, from those handling the mechanics of the problem to the employees that answered the calls,” Sanders said.
The huge number of customers without water caused a run on bottled water in area stores.
Shelves at close-by retailers were soon emptied, and employees in stores located farther away, such as Brookshire’s in Kaufman, watched as customers stocked up.
Monday, a Brookshire’s employee said the Kaufman store had a truck coming in later in the day with nothing but water, to help ease the shortage.
East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District made it through the freezing temperatures without any problems, general manager Bill Goheen said.
“We have had two water main leaks that had to be repaired, and freezes in some chemical feed lines that needed to be thawed, but other than that, we have had no real problems,” he explained.
“As a general manager, I really appreciate the staff diligently preparing for the harsh weather,” he added.

Burned body identified
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A burned body found in a pasture about two miles off State Highway 19 north of Athens has been identified.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reported in a news release issued Monday the body was that of James David Corey, 35.
Corey’s body was found by sheriff’s office investigator Bryan Tower Jan. 7 in a field off County Road 3911, not far from Corey’s residence.
Corey had been reported missing Jan. 2 by his sister. Sheriff’s office reports indicated his body had been burned, and had probably been lying in the field for several days.
Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams ordered the body sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsy to determine the cause and time of death.


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