Deridder mayor pulls permit after several water mains broken

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 4:59 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 10:57 PM CDT
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DeRidder, La. (KPLC) - Internet at the expense of the Deridder’s water system. Monday, the mayor took action, pulling permits for a fiber company after multiple broken water mains.

All water customers in DeRidder have been under a boil advisory since Friday.

“I can’t continue to ask our citizens, our hospital, our schools, our businesses and everyone else,” Mayor Misty Clanton said. “I can’t ask them just to stop what you’re doing, because I feel like there’s some careless practices happening.”

When the opportunity for better internet presented itself for Deridder, Mayor Misty Clanton said they jumped on it. She said she knew it would come with growing pains, but not at the expense of the city’s water system.

“We have had multiple outages, multiple lines here it,” Clanton said. “Far too many to even explain at this point.”

Friday, a water main was hit, causing a citywide water outage and boils advisory. Monday, two more lines were hit.

Clanton said that’s when she decided to pull the permits for V1 Fiber.

“It will stop them from being able to dig any further, so in a in a sense it ceased the project,” Clanton said.

Clanton says a meeting with city officials and V1 Fiber will be held Tuesday. She said she plans to hold the company accountable before moving forward.

“So every person who will be involved tomorrow will be at the table, and I have no doubt that we will walk out all on the same page and will be able to move this forward,” Clanton said.

7News reached out to the company for comment and are waiting for their response.