Hopkins Co. Schools dismiss early due to Madisonville boil advisory

System wide boil advisory issued for Madisonville residents

HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - All Hopkins County Schools dismissed early Thursday due to the boil advisory in Madisonville.

School officials say the schools dismissed at 8:30 a.m. They say it will be a skills day for students and they’ll need to complete the assignments for “Day 1.”

City water officials tell us there was a water main break around 2 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Commerce Drive and crews are currently working on repairs.

Two hours after arriving on the scene, crews found the reason for the pressure.

“Top of the pipe is gone so we will, more than likely we will be cutting out pipe," says Madisonville Water District Superintendent Dennis Howe. "Typically once you get above 10-inch pipe, if you have anything that size it’s going to end up being split somewhere in the pipe.”

Much of the city was without water pressure after the break. We’re told water pressure should return to normal shortly, but a system-wide boil advisory has been put in place for at least 24 hours.

“You don’t really start thinking about the water until something like this comes up and how much it’s involved and everything," Howe says. "So it’s just all around a safer and easier for everyone if we just do the system wide. It cuts down on a lot of confusion.”

There will also be boil advisories for North Hopkins and Nebo Water customers.

We’ll keep you updated.

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