Tangier Island residents without water indefinitely following pipe burst

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TANGIER ISLAND, Va. (WAVY) — Residents on the small island of Tangier in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay are without water after their main water line froze and burst on Sunday. 

The main water line had to be moved for construction on the bridge near the island’s water tower and school, according to Tangier Island Mayor James Eskridge. 

Eskridge says a company replaced the main water line, but Sunday night’s freezing temperatures caused the new line to freeze and burst. Their main water tank on the island was drained as a result. 

Four days later, the island is still without their water supply and it could be a week, or even longer, before everything is fixed, says Eskridge. 

Several companies are donating fresh drinking water to the island’s residents, including Walmart, Food Lion and Pepsi-Cola’s branch in Salisbury, Maryland. 

We’ll continue to follow this story on WAVY.com 

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