UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 6:19pm
TEMPLE -- The city of Temple is back to stage 1 water restrictions after lightning struck an Encor transformer that powered the city's water treatment plant Saturday night, shutting down nearly everything.
"We issued our first ever, to my knowledge, disaster declaration to require no water usage," Temple City Manager David Blackburn said.
But with the help of compliant and patient residents relief to homes and businesses is coming.
"They said shut it down, so we did," Trish Davis said after her local business was closed yesterday.
"They helped us a great deal by reducing demand and allowing us to get the system back online, quicker than we would have otherwise," Blackburn said.
About 2 days ago the 11 water towers and underground storage were empty. Water to Temple, Troy, Morgan's Point and Little River-Academy was gone.
As of 4 this afternoon, they're back to normal levels, and the stage 3 restrictions lifted, but the damage has already been done.
"With my two stores, half of my business which was a couple thousand dollars for me," Davis said.
As for the city, adding a back-up generator to the 50-year old power plant would cost millions but is in the works.
City officials will have a debriefing tomorrow to discuss potential improvements should this freak accident happen again.
As for now Temple is still under a boil notice but the City Manager tells us it could be lifted as soon as tomorrow or later this week.
Until that time visit http://www.ci.temple.tx.us/ for the most up-to-date information.