UPDATE: Slide the City closing at 1 p.m. due to water leak and pressure issues

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 25, 2015
Photo obtained via DeKalb County's Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

Photo obtained via DeKalb County’s Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

The latest from the city of Decatur …

Due to the ongoing issues with a DeKalb County water main break the decision has been made to shut down today’s Slide the City event by 1 p.m. Ticket holders will be contacted by Slide the City in the near future about refunds, etc.

Because many buildings are without air conditioning (A/C system requires water),  cooling centers are in the process of being established around the city. As soon as those locations are determined (we want to make sure they have water and functioning restrooms) an update will be posted here.

DeKalb County continues to tweet updates via @ItsInDeKalb.

Slide the City has sent the following message to ticket holders …

Slide the City Decatur Has Been Postponed

As many of you know, there has been a major main water break in Dekalb County. Crews have been working on the issue night and day, and hope to have it fixed soon.

We were able to open the slide briefly this morning, but the water pressure to the rest of the city was still very low. Dekalb County Emergency Management is requiring we shut down right at 1PM due to the water line not being fixed. We will have to shut down the slide for the day, and postpone the event to a future date.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to host our event without a proper water source. We apologize about the late notice, and are very disappointed we will not be sliding with you this weekend.

We will be working with the City of Decatur to schedule a new Slide the City date in your town. The new date will be communicated with you as soon as something is solidified.

Please pass the news along to your friends and family.

As always, you can email springbokcs@slidethecity.com if you have any questions.

Slide the City

The city reported that 3,600 tickets had been sold for the event.

The city also announced it is opening cooling centers for people without air conditioning and water …

If you have a lack of water or A/C (or perhaps both) and need a cool place with working restrooms, please go to the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. or Ebster Gym in the Beacon Municipal Center (at the corner of Trinity & Electric Ave – entrance is on Electric Ave.). Both locations have confirmed that they currently have water and air conditioning.

DeKalb County said earlier this morning that crews working overnight fixed a water main break and that water pressure would be restored soon.

But the water main has broken again and it’s still gushing water.

The county is saying the water pressure will return for now, but the leak persists …

The county released a lengthier statement on the issue at 10:26 a.m.

Water Main Status Update

DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management crews continue to work on a repair to a breach on a 48-inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road.

Overnight, workers reduced pressure in the line to allow for the excavation of the site so repairs can be made.  The problem was controlled and crews began the process of restoring pressure at 7 a.m, however the repair did not hold up under increased pressure.

Watershed Management has hired a contractor to assist in this repair.  At this time, the county and the contractor are exploring all options to fix the leak without reducing pressure for customers.

The water system was not compromised during this repair so no boil water advisory is indicated at this time.  The system will have additional testing today to ensure the water supply remains safe.

The water pressure issue began on Thursday, July 23. The county says a mower hit a fire hydrant on a 48 inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road. That led to drastically low or no pressure on Thursday evening and sporadically on the afternoon of Friday, July 24. Businesses opted to close early or stop serving food altogether while DeKalb County made the repairs. The city of Decatur said on Saturday morning that the water pressure issue wouldn’t affect Saturday’s Slide the City event in downtown Decatur. Slide the City transformed W. Ponce de Leon Avenue into a 1,000 foot water slide. Earlier in the day, the city said on Facebook that the water main break would not be stopping the event …

Slide the City is on! We won’t let a little water main break get in our way!!!

Posted by Downtown Decatur on Saturday, July 25, 2015

City spokesperson Casie Yoder said, “The slide uses a re-circulation system. So just like a swimming pool once there is water in the slide you don’t have to keep putting new water into it.”

Crews with 11 Alive news were on the scene when the water main fix failed  …

Later 11 Alive reported via Twitter that a DeKalb official is saying they’ll let the water flow for now while crews figure out a fix for the problem …

A reporter from Fox 5 posted this video on Twitter …

WSB-TV is confirmed a problem with the fix as well …

Pallookaville in Avondale Estates is reporting it won’t open for brunch because of the issue with the water pressure.

We cannot open for Brunch due to the ongoing issues with DeKalb County Watershed Management’s handling of the ongoing water main repair. We understand your frustration with the situation as we share the same irritation. We are now in day three of of the “repair.” We’d like to commend DeKalb County on it’s stellar communication with it’s residents, tax payers and businesses. You can decide where the sarcasm takes over. Hopefully we will be open for Lunch. Stay strong.

Residents have been lighting the county up on Twitter this morning …

Here are earlier updates from DeKalb County:

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  • Camille Mahdi

    What is “soon”? Right now we have none, again….

  • Camille Mahdi

    Also, I hope that the water is back up and everyone has bathed before they go down that giant water slide. Otherwise, that is BEYOND gross!

  • Graybeard

    Still no water in Avondale, 10AM. BIG Shoutout for Decaturish for the scoop, because if you don’t have Twitter there might as well be zero communication going on. Dan, any idea if the landscaper can be held culpable for this? Probably tens of thousands of gallons at this point, two business days without a steady water supply, all because some idiot can’t drive his truck properly.

  • David Elgin

    10:15 AM: Still no water near 4th/5th Academy in Oakhurst.

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