Boil order issued after vehicle strikes hydrant

Courier Staff
Staff Writer

Several areas in Benton remain under a boil order Thursday after a fire hydrant was struck by a vehicle during Wednesday night’s storm.

According to a news release from Benton Utilities, water customers on Canterbury, Silica Heights, Summit, Cole Drive, Meyers, Coral Cove, Tiner Cove, Country Oaks Drive, Wakley Cove and south of the Silica Heights Church were affected by the boil order.

A vehicle struck a fire hydrant near the intersection of Silica Heights at its intersection with Church Street during the thunderstorm. “This resulted in the loss of water pressure to approximately 200 residential customers,” the news release states. “The loss of pressure on the water lines in the area resulted in a boil order being issued for those that were affected by the water pressure loss.”

The affected customers are requested to boil their water briskly for at least one minute prior to consumption as a precautionary measure. Samples of the water in the affected area will be carried to the Arkansas Health Department for testing first thing Thursday morning, “and we hope to have those results by late Friday afternoon. Until we receive the results of this test, the boil order will remain in effect,” according to the news release.

“When the crew arrived on location and assessed the problem, they immediately requested an emergency locate be called into have all other underground utilities marked and then secured the supplies needed to make the necessary repairs, and they started turning valves off to slow the flow of water at that location. Crews remained on scene and in the area until almost daylight Thursday making repairs.”