Heavy rainfall in August this year led to immense flooding along the Pear River watershed. While most cities have infrastructure that can withstand heavy rainfall, that was not the case for Jackson, Mississippi.
Localized flooding led to a malfunction of pumps at the J.H. Fewell treatment plant alongside damage to one of the main water treatment plants, which produced sufficient water pressure at the O.B. Curtis treatment plant. Sadly, this is not the first time water has been contaminated for Jackson residents, as the city has a well-known history of a failed water system and poorly treated water.
What Happened Next?
On August 30, Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency in which the state invested $13 million to restore the water system and distribute water. While water pressure was restored in early September, the city still had an ongoing boil water notice which went on until the middle of the month. In total, residents went about seven weeks without clean, drinkable water. The State of Emergency, originally ending in late October, was extended to November 22.
Issues for Residents
While some Jackson residents were forced to drink, bathe, and clean with boiled tap water, others had their water completely shut off, relying on just water bottles to fulfill their needs. Many were left without water even to flush their toilets. As if the situation cannot get any worse, many have also faced ongoing exposure to harmful bacteria and toxic lead.
Who is Liable?
There are ongoing investigations into who should be held liable for the many damages sustained from the storm. Our team at Kershaw Talley Barlow is currently investigating the incident, and currently, the City of Jackson, Mississippi, the mayor, Siemens Corp, and Trilogy Engineering Services could be potentially liable parties.
Looking to File a Water Crisis Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one lives in the city of Jackson, Mississippi, or its surrounding areas and has been affected by water crisis issues, consider seeking legal advice. Our team at Kershaw Talley Barlow is looking to hold the negligent responsible for their actions. When you’re ready, call us at (916) 520-6639 or visit our website to fill out a consultation request form. Don’t let these big names scare you from getting the justice you deserve.