Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Swift Action Saves Vian Water Supply

A break in the Town of Vian’s main waterline Sunday would have been a lot worse if it hadn’t been spotted early on, Cherokee Tribal Council Member E.O. Smith Jr. said Tuesday.

Smith said members of the Vian Police Department noticed the problem at Illinois and Highway 64 and alerted city crews, who rushed to the scene and got to work. “If it had been noticed four or five hours later we would have been in trouble,” he said.

The town never lost water, Smith said, thanks to the workers’ efforts. Even Vian Mayor Dennis Fletcher got his hands dirty, helping move signs, directing traffic and supporting workers. “Not many mayors would do that,” Smith said.

Smith said he has been busy assisting Cherokee elders impacted by last week’s winter storm. “They’re in bad shape and nobody helps them, so I’m trying to do my part. They are proud and don’t like to ask for help, or don’t know who or how to ask for help. It hurts to see. If anyone would like to help the elders, they can call me at (918) 705-0000 and I will point them in the right direction.”

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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