Last Sunday at approximately 6:15 a.m., a truck exciting the Ride Share Park within Lee Newton Park at the intersection of Mary Street and Stegall Drive, hit a fire hydrant resulting in the rupture of a 10 inch city water line. Jasper utility, fire, and police departments worked in tandem to perform an investigation, restore the road, return ample water service, and minimize damage to a residence.
Water from the main rushed out onto the street for 3 hours before the crews assembled and the valve was located. During that time, the storm water drain backed up, causing flooding to the lawn and basement of the residence.
According to information given at a Jasper City Council meeting, the carnival company took immediate responsibility for the accident and worked quickly on Monday to insure full reimbursement of all expenditures to the city.
Expenditures include a chain link fence (which was also hit by the driver), curb areas, city labor, water loss, and costs associated with restoration of the residence.
Jasper Police Department Detective Andrew Cochran followed the carnival caravan to Gainesville, Georgia to complete taking pictures of the truck involved.