COLCORD, Okla. (AP) - Schools will remained closed through Labor Day for a town in northeast Oklahoma after city officials discovered worms in the municipal water tower.
The worms showed up in the drinking water supply in Colcord, a town of 815 people about 80 miles east of Tulsa. Vice Mayor Cody Gibby says the worms are a type of earthworm that range from a half-inch to an inch long.
Colcord Public Schools told KTUL that classes will remained canceled through Labor Day.
Gibby says the worms are passing through water filters and getting into distribution lines. The town shut off its drinking water Tuesday night with plans to flush the water system out and scrub the water tower clean.
Bottled water is available for residents provided by the City.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Update, Tuesday: Colcord Public Schools will be closed again on Wednesday, August 28th, due to the drinking water issue, according to the superintendent of schools.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will distribute pantry boxes, produce and pastries to people in need from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Colcord Senior Citizens Center.
They will also provide three pallets of bottled water to residents.
Residents of a Delaware County community are being asked Tuesday morning to not drink or use any water.
City officials in Colcord, Oklahoma issued a "Do Not Drink' order for the water in the town Tuesday morning. The community is located east of Tulsa near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
According to the officials, residents are advised to not drink or use the water in food preparation until further notice. Health officials are continuing their investigation Tuesday.
In addition to the warning from the city, Colcord Public Schools are closed until the water situation is cleared.
Town residents are advised to boil the water for the time being. No other information was available at this time.