Water problems in Centerville after mains break

CENTERVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Tuesday’s cold caused some major problems for one Indiana town.

Centerville, near Richmond, had eight water main breaks in about three hours.

That left some people with low water pressure in their homes, and some didn’t have water at all Tuesday evening.

Town Council President Daniel Wandersee said crews would work all night to repair the water mains; he was hopeful they would finish before midnight.

“This is highly unusual,” Wandersee said. “I’ve been on the town board for 19 years, and I’ve never seen eight main breaks like this in a short period of time.”

Wandersee says the breaks happened so close together, that by the time crews got out to repair them, both of the town’s water towers drained almost completely. They lost 500,000 gallons of water.

He said that lowered  water pressure to homes, and with pressure so low, many homes haven’t had a steady stream – or any water all day.

Officials set up a water station at the Centerville Police Department, offering clean water for anyone who needed it.

“We didn’t have a lot of cooking tonight, but we usually do,” said Tanya Sekse, who came to get a gallon jug of water. “They were looking out for our safety and I’m glad because now we’ll be okay till morning.”

Officials are hopeful they’ll have the water mains fixed by midnight, and they say the towers will then have to refill, and then water pressure will gradually be restored.
Until then, they’re helping each other.

“Our crews were in at 7 am this morning, and are still at it,” said Wandersee. “They will be until that last main is taken care of.”

Officials are also asking homeowners to boil their water once they do get it back, until further notice.

They’ve also put neighboring fire departments on standby, because without water pressure, hydrants in town don’t work.

Officials say even a rest stop on I 70 near Centerville was affected. That is closed until water can be restored out there.

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