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Water problems close Twiggs County Public Schools

After a water problem overnight, students in Twiggs County had an unexpected day off from school.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. — The parking lot at Jeffersonville Elementary School is completely empty.

On Tuesday morning, both the city of Jeffersonville and Twiggs County Schools decided to cancel school.

"I was on my way taking them to school and I had the phone call come through that school was cancelled from the main water break," says Marquita Hughes.

Hughes works at Piggly Wiggly and is a mother of three, ages 16, 12, and 9.

"I was a little bit behind time coming to work, but I was able to find someone to come sit with them," she says.

She says last-minute school closings don't happen often, but it is inconvenient. "One of my kids, she's disabled, so it's kind of hard when that happens."

It wasn't a water main break as originally suspected. Mayor Charles Williams says instead, it was problems with the water tower near Jeffersonville City Hall.

Williams says it's an electrical problem with the water tower, causing low water pressure throughout Jeffersonville, but Hughes says this isn't the first time it's happened.

"Make sure we have water to drink and some bottled water to be able to cook with," she says.

Williams says as an extra safety precaution, there will be a boil water advisory in place until further notice.

Twiggs County Public Schools Superintendent Elgin Dixon says classes will also be cancelled for students Wednesday due to the boil water advisory. Classes will be back in session once the health department says the water is clean.

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