Cushing Tornado Estimated at 125 MPH, Boil Water Notice Activated
If you take your water from the City of Cushing utilities, you are being advised to boil your water before any type of consumption. The severe weather and tornado that happened overnight this past Monday caused widespread damage around the Cushing area. Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service in Shreveport categorize the tornado in northwestern Nacogdoches County as an EF-2, with winds at 125 mph or greater.
The vast clean-up continues around Cushing as does the restoration of services. Because of damages, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Cushing to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).
To ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
Anyone with questions concerning this matter may contact Brian Delafield at (936) 652-2278. The City of Cushing is working diligently to restore water pressure and services ASAP.