Prisoners upset over a water shortage rioted for about four hours at a medium-security prison, injuring seven guards and causing widespread damage before authorities regained control early Monday.
Officials estimated damage at $1.5 million to $3 million at the Hancock Correctional Institution, built 21/2 years ago as a model prison.Fewer than 100 of the 750 prisoners held at Hancock took part in the riot, Warden James Vaughn said. He said the water was back on Monday morning and the prison was quiet.
There had been intermittent water outages since Friday. Lightning may have struck the main water tank, said Deputy Warden Andy Walker.
Temperatures rose to near 90 degrees Sunday. The prison has no air conditioning.
Three guards were hospitalized - one who was hit in the head, one with a badly cut finger and the third with unspecified injuries.