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Vandals strike Waverly fire hydrants

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Vandals in Waverly are uncapping fire hydrants and wasting a lot of water and money. This has been happening for a couple of months in the outer parts of town.

Authorities have not made any arrests, and they say this case of vandalism is still under investigation.

These vandals first struck in the middle of October, uncapping six hydrants. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, they struck again with six more. This time one of the hydrants washed out of a road, causing even more damage.

The loss of water, cost of road repair, and parts for the hydrant equals more than $13,000.

"It's very frustrating for myself and my water department. Most of this happens between 11 o'clock at night and three o'clock in the morning. They're usually asleep trying to get some rest for the next day's work and then all of sudden we get a call from the law center saying we have a hydrant open. Then we worry about how far the water tower is getting down and the low pressure and worrying about hoping we have no major fires during this time,' said Waverly Public Services Superintendent Brian Sullivan.

Authorities say those responsible would most likely be charged with criminal mischief, a Class D felony.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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