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Afternoon Update

Local News

February 14, 2013

Water main break in Elwood forces school closing

ELWOOD, Ind. — After a six-hour period without water, things are flowing again in Elwood, but not without the necessary precautions.

A “big” water main break occurred about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night near the intersection of 16th and Main streets, affecting more than 3,500 customers, city spokesman Jeff Howe said.

He added officials “tried to fix it without shutting the water off” but had to do so about 3:30 a.m.

Water was restored about 9:30 a.m., he said, but school was canceled for the day and businesses throughout the city were impacted.

Elwood Community Schools were scheduled to run on a regular schedule today.

The city is now under a boil order and could be for up to four days, depending on the results of testing, Howe said.

Residents are urged until further notice to boil water before drinking or cooking.

Indiana 28 going through Elwood will also be closed from 14th to Anderson streets for an indefinite period of time as the city works with INDOT to fix the roadway, Howe said.

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