The Harrisburg Patriot has given Mayor Linda Thompson a very public chiding in today’s editorial due to her public absence during Harrisburg’s water main crisis that shut down state, county and city government, the school district, HACC and local businesses.
Harrisburg’s main water line was accidentally ruptured and released thousands of gallons of water into a brownfield site near Cameron Street. Millions of gallons of drinking water a day were lost due to the break and everything in Harrisburg came to an abrupt halt. There was concern about having adequate water supplies for fire stations and Harrisburg Hospital. The entire city could have been without water had this situation not been handled quickly and efficiently.
While the mayor was doing things behind the scenes, her lack of visibility has raised some eyebrows. Mayor Thompson held no news conference until Wednesday. The crisis occurred on Sunday and city residents have boiled water for several days.