Grand Isle water line temporarily fixed

Jul 4, 2012

Jefferson Parish officials say water service was back on Grand Isle Wednesday after a temporary clamp was successfully placed on a busted line that provided drinking water to the barrier island.

The repair was made about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Barataria Bay water transmission line was apparently damaged by a passing vessel Tuesday morning.

Crews were able to flush the line and get potable water flowing again. Officials say the temporary clamp, while not a permanent fix, allows the island to fill storage tanks to give it enough water to supply the island through Friday.

A barge filled with 400,000 gallons of water is on stand-by at Grand Isle as a precaution.

The line will be shut down Thursday so crews can install a permanent fix.