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La Salle public works and Ameren employees were on the scene of a water main break in the 600 block of Wright Street this morning that caused a roughly 100-foot section of the road to collapse. La Salle residents living south of Ninth Street are under a boil order until further notice.
A water main break reported shortly after 5 a.m. today in the 600 block of Wright Street caused a roughly 100-foot section of the road to collapse, and has much of La Salle under a boil order. Another waterline broke later in the day near Third and Tonti streets. Public works superintendent Sam McNeilly said at 2:20 p.m. that crews were beginning to patch the break on Wright Street and were preparing to dig for the break on Tonti Street. By 8:30 a.m., the leak had drained the Ninth Street water tower, which could affect any La Salle residents south of Ninth Street, and crews were shutting off water valves as they searched for the source of the leak. City public works and Ameren employees were on the scene, to ensure that the collapse does not affect nearby gas lines. The cause of the leak remains unknown. “Something failed and she took off,” said city engineer Mike Furlan, who was on the scene. Public works employee Jordan Crane said 3,200 gallons of water per minute was pumping through that area since 2 a.m. City workers estimated that 1 million gallons of water or more may have been lost in the break. A boil order is in effect from the south side of Ninth Street all the way south to the Illinois River, from the Peru border on the west, east to the east-end booster station on Enterprise Drive. The city will ask WLPO AM 1220 radio to announce the lifting of the boil order once the water main is repaired, McNeilly said. “We haven’t had any (problems) and I haven’t gotten any calls (from residents),” said Alderman Jim Bacidore, who lives a couple blocks north of the break, shortly before 9 a.m. The road will be closed for more than a week to be replaced, McNeilly said. The 600 block of Wright Street was closed while work was being performed.
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