UPDATE: Work on coal clean-up in Exeter causes water line break, boil water notice

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UPDATE: 3:55 p.m.

Wise County officials have said on Twitter that Exeter residents can pick up two cases of water per household at Exeter Methodist Church until 8 p.m. Monday.


Work to clear tons of coal from a roadway and creek in the Exeter community of Wise County has caused a water line break and subsequent boil water notice, an official said Monday.

A break in water transmission lines occurred after lots of heavy machinery was brought in to remove coal dumped out on Route 68 on Saturday night, EMA Director Jessica Swinney told News 5.

The area has been without water most of the day and crews are attempting to restore the service sometime Monday, Swinney added. Once water is back flowing, those customers will need to boil their water for 24 hours for cooking and other personal uses, the agency said.