Vandals Drain town water tank
FILLMORE -- At 2 a.m. Sunday morning vandals opened two fire hydrants in the Town of Fillmore. Over the next three hours, the Town's 100,000 gallon water tank was drained and another 114,000 gallons was spilled onto the ground Fillmore Town Council President Jeff Osborn told the Banner Graphic.
"In addition to the water that was lost, it took another 100,000 gallons to refill the water tank (for a total loss of 314,000 gallons)," said Osborn.
"Because of this vandalism, the tank and water lines were virtually dry for a period of several hours. Several town residents were inconvenienced by the lack of water early Sunday morning," reported Osborn.
As a precaution, a 24-hour "boil water order" was issued at 5:30 a.m. shortly after the problem was reported.
A police report was filed at 6 a.m. and police are following up on several leads.
"If the violators are arrested, the Town of Fillmore will press charges and request that the crime be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," noted Osborn.