OFFICIALS: Tarboro schools close & residents without water from 9-foot split in water main pipe

TARBORO, N.C. (WITN) – Officials from an Eastern Carolina town and school system say a nine-foot split in a water main pipe has caused area schools to close and left residents with little to no water Friday morning.

Edgecombe County Public Schools Spokesperson Susan Hoke says all schools in Tarboro will be closed today because of a water main break.

The Town of Tarboro Water System says the break is at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Hunter Hill Road by the major intersection of Howard Avenue and Western Blvd near Tarboro High School.

Officials say crews are working to cut out and replace a nine-foot-long split in the piping.

Hoke says students who are already on the way to the schools will be dismissed early.

The school system says bus riders at Tarboro High School were dismissed at 8 a.m.

Bus riders at Stocks Elementary School, Princeville Elementary School, and Edgecombe Early College will be released at 8:30 a.m.

Students riding the bus at Martin Millennium Academy (MMA) and W.A. Pattillo Middle School will be sent home at 9 a.m.

Teachers are to be at the schools until students are off campus, according to Hoke.

The school system says all other schools in the county will operate as normal today.

Town of Tarboro officials say there is a system pressure advisory in place until further notice, and a water boil advisory will follow the pipe’s repair for at least 24 hours until further notice.

The Division of Water Resources advises that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption, including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation, or use bottled water.

They say vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.