Black People : are sisters and brothers safe from the cold in Jackson MS?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    January 12, 2010
    Frigid Temperatures in South Are Putting Pipes and Patience to the Test
    By ROBBIE BROWN

    Unusually cold temperatures caused more than 70 city water mains to break over the past week in Jackson, Miss., prompting Gov. Haley Barbour to declare a state of emergency and close state offices on Monday.

    Residents of Jackson, the state capital, endured trickling faucets and, in some cases, no running water. Construction crews disrupted traffic to make emergency repairs.

    Public schools and many businesses closed after their toilets and sinks stopped working. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. urged residents to conserve and boil water, but he could not say when the pipes would be fixed.

    “We’ve had 70-plus hours of below-freezing temperatures,” said Chris Mims, a spokesman for the city. “That hasn’t happened in almost 30 years.”

    Temperatures in Mississippi dipped into the 20s beginning on Thursday as a cold front blew across the South, where freezing weather is usually fleeting and where snow dusted the Atlantic coast. The region’s water main breaks were perhaps worst in Jackson, the largest city in Mississippi and an impoverished one with aging pipes.

    By Monday, patience was in short supply. Jeff Good, the owner of Broad Street Baking Company and Cafe in Jackson, had stopped serving coffee, tea or tap water. He worried that the restaurant could lose $25,000 if a coming business conference canceled its food orders.

    “It’s a huge impact,” he said. “Water is the basis of all things we do in a restaurant. We’re fundamentally hampered.”

    Water mains also burst in Asheville, N.C., on Monday, leaving several hundred residents without water. In Dallas, more than 100 water mains had broken over the past week, but nearly all were repaired quickly.

    The cold weather has been blamed for at least 15 deaths a

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    wow this cold front is sweeping everywhere ..........
     
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    Thanks for asking! We are doing ok. The worst part of this cold weather is the lack of or very low water pressure due to all of the water main breaks. The city schools and Universities are closed today and those of us with water have to boil it before using it.
     
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    An injury to one is an injury to all

    Dear heart if you all get cold, down there, we all sneeze.
    Not only must we in all 50 states learn something from Katrina, we must also learn something from the genetic pains we all feel from being cramped tpo gether in those torture ships of the middle passage.


    Folks are releaved that family is OK down there but we need to think of ways to form a national safety net, wouldn't take no more then one dollar per week, from 30 million people, managed by an elected committee of Black accountants, administered by a think tank of the scholars mentioned often here, and monitored by rotating grassroots committees from all the 50 states

    And we would be able to provide OUR OWN Black Cross and BCEMA

    to deal with what ever, when ever, where ever
     
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