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Fire hydrants at death’s door

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:00 am

As many as seven inoperable fire hydrants will need to be replaced in the town of Louisa. Town officials hope to accomplish the task before freezing weather sets in.

As many as seven inoperable fire hydrants will need to be replaced in the town of Louisa. Town officials hope to accomplish the task before freezing weather sets in.

At least seven fire hydrants in the town of Louisa are now covered by gray plastic and may soon be replaced.

When firefighters tested the fire hydrants last week, they found that at least seven of them did not work anymore.

The town will have to pay $3,000 to $10,000 apiece to replace the hydrants, Tom Filer, Louisa town manager, said. Part of the expense will be in tearing up the pavement around the hydrants to free them.

“We need to get it done before the freezing weather comes,” he said. “I don’t see where we can repair them.”

Filer said town officials were previously aware there were problems with some hydrants, but the recent test, which he said was requested by Mayor Garland Nuckols, had forced the issue.

At least one hydrant is over 100 years old, Filer said.

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