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Forestville, Md., resident Alicia Adams-Jackson stocked up on 42 gallons of water.
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Forestville, Md., resident Alicia Adams-Jackson stocked up on 42 gallons of water.

Residents in the southern part of Prince George's County are being urged to stockpile water ahead of a shortage they'll likely experience for the rest of the week due to a massive water main that has to be fixed.

Alicia Adams-Jackson lives in apartment complex right down the hill from where the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is working to replace a failing 54-inch water main in a wooded area off Forestville Road. When she saw the media there asking questions of WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins, she had some questions of her own.

"Is this going to affect the apartment complexes as well?," she asked.

"It will affect the apartment complexes," Riggins said. "But we do have time."

Adams-Jackson had already scored 42 gallons of water from a Dollar Store earlier in the day, where she said people were orderly, something she hopes continues.

"I think it's going to get a little hot this afternoon," Riggins said. "I think when we as humans panic when we hear things like this are
about to happen to us, that's when the rush comes. I ask everyone to calm down and take their time."

As for the prospect of not having water for possibly 5 days with heat indexes over 100.

"I have survived many a trial, so, it's alright," Riggins said.

And with that, she was off to add her impressive haul of bottled water.

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