Jarred Ruegamer said he hasn’t seen anything like it.
The lead operator at the McAlester Water Treatment Plant told the McAlester News-Capital on Tuesday that the major pipeline break — and the stemming series of unfortunate events — that left thousands with low pressure or no water for four days left crews scrambling to fix it. “Early (Friday) morning, we had already lost our water,” Ruegamer said. “We weren’t prepared for this. We only had so much storage at the plant to fill up.” Ruegamer said dozens of people worked on little to no sleep most of the weekend to help restore water to the city, but several things along the way complicated the process.