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Lightning strikes causes boil water advisory for Fairfield Harbour

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FAIRFIELD HARBOUR, Craven County - Residents of Fairfield Harbour are under a boil water advisory expected to remain in place until tomorrow after weekend storms caused havoc with water pumping stations, Carolina Water Service officials tell NewsChannel 12.

The advisory was issued Sunday "out of an abundance of caution," CWS Vice President Bryce Mendenhall said. Residents are fine to use the water for cleaning and bathing but should boil it before drinking. Mendenhall said the company is having water samples tested on Monday, and hopes to have the advisory lifted by Tuesday.

The cause, he said, was a lightning strike that hit near a pump house causing two of the three main water pumps servicing Fairfield Harbour to go down.

"The one small pump couldn't keep up with demand," Mendenhall said.

The two pumps that went down briefly on Sunday are back in service and sustained no damage from the storm, he said.

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