Eleven days after it was declared, the state of emergency in Howley is over.
According to a social media post by Mayor Wayne Bennett, the order made by his town council Feb. 1 was lifted as of 4 p.m. Thursday.
The town called the state of emergency after its municipal drinking water system malfunctioned. Town officials, with the help of a number of volunteers and contractors, had been working continuously ever since in an effort to restore the water supply.
The town kept running into challenges along the way, including generators freezing up, waiting for parts to arrive, and temporary fixes not holding.
The town finally had some better success this week. While one of its pumps was taken out of service to be repaired, its second pump finally kept holding its own to produce a supply of water reliable enough to end the state of emergency.
The lifting of the state of emergency came four days before the town had it set to expire, which was Monday.