Jan

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 11, 2014

Water utility Kubota taken from repair site

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District is offering a $1,000 reward to the person who can provide information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible for the theft of its 2012 L-39 Kubota Backhoe, orange in color.
The theft occurred late Sunday, Jan. 5 or overnight into Monday.
The backhoe was stationed on the east side of the Wal-Mart Shopping Center in Gun Barrel City, where it was being used to facilitate a major water main repair. The New Year’s Eve main break affected most everyone up and down Main Street.
Those with any information regarding the theft are directed to call the Gun Barrel City Police Department at (903) 887-7151, ext. 1 or contact East Cedar Creek FWSD General Manager at (903) 887-7103, or by email at bgoheen@eastcedarcreek.net. Callers may remain anonymous.

Jan

04

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 4, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Subcontractors brave the 35-degree noon temperature Thursday to install an insertion valve to isolate the area around a significant water main leak (BELOW) cascading water down the hillside into the parking lot at Walmart, so the hole can be plugged. The leak caused the closure of businesses up and down Main Street on New Year's Eve.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Subcontractors brave the 35-degree noon temperature Thursday to install an insertion valve to isolate the area around a significant water main leak cascading water down the hillside into the parking lot at Walmart, so the hole can be plugged. The leak caused the closure of businesses up and down Main Street on New Year’s Eve.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Ringing in the new year was a little bumpy for businesses on Main Street in Gun Barrel City.
A water leak at an elbow connection on a 12-inch main proved difficult to isolate and harder to fix.
Detected at 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve just east of Walmart, the leak ended up closing down most all the restaurants in the city.
“It affected everyone,” East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District Manager Bill Goheen told The Monitor, Thursday. “What a way to come into the new year.”
Any shut off valve on the main that was installed more than 20 years ago was difficult to locate. “We couldn’t find the shut off valve,” Goheen said. “It must have been somewhere under the asphalt.”
By 5 p.m., the utility had to shut down the system and issue a boil water notice because it had lost significant water pressure.
Crews worked overnight to fix the leak and recharge the system.
“By 5 a.m., we were back up,” Goheen said. But it became evident that something had slipped by the repair crew or a new leak had opened up in the same vicinity.
New Year’s Day, water running down Main Street in front of Walmart told the story.
“We were able to maintain low water pressure through the system Wednesday,” Goheen said.
By Thursday morning, the utility had subcontractors on site installing an insertion valve on the east side of Walmart, next to Julio’s Restaurant. This valve type can be installed under pressure, so the system doesn’t have to be shut down, he explained.
Goheen suspects the leak occurred where two pipelines meet on a 90-degree angle. “The ground under one pipe shifted, and the other didn’t,” he said, resulting in a misalignment.
The sleep-deprived manager added Thursday, “This was the water leak from h–l.”
After the valve install and closure, Goheen expects the leak to be isolated and water pressure to be restored to normal. A repair crew will then work on fixing the misaligned pipes.
If all goes well with water quality tests from samples sent after the system recharged New Year’s day, he expected to lift the boil water notice at 3 p.m. on Friday. To check on the status of the boil notice, readers may go online to www.eastcedarcreek.net.
“The utility appreciates the customers’ patience during this major main break and water outage and also all the positive comments made to the district after water was restored,” Goheen said.

Jan

01

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 1, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell The men of the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department take a load off their tootsies before taking up the banner to lead the inaugural “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” march June 2 around the Athens Courthouse Square to raise funds and awareness for the East Texas Crisis Center and to tell other men domestic violence is “unmanly.”

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The men of the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department take a load off their tootsies before taking up the banner to lead the inaugural “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” march June 2 around the Athens Courthouse Square to raise funds and awareness for the East Texas Crisis Center and to tell other men domestic violence is “unmanly.”


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Looking back, 2013 seemed an odd year with many months possessing five Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, etc. However, since according to the doomsayers who felt the Mayan Calendar predicted the world’s end at 12-21-2012, we are lucky to have had 2013 at all.

Read more of this story and view many more photos in the January 2, 2014 issue of The Monitor.