Large water main break affects water service to much of Peoria

By WEEK Producer

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The damage from freezing temperatures keeps adding up with water main breaks across central Illinois.

The worst is in Peoria, crippling most of the city.

The break happened just after 9 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Abington Street in Peoria.

Illinois American Water describes the main break as a 30-inch transmission main.

Hundreds of residents and dozens of businesses are under a boil order including the Peoria’s two main hospitals, Bradley University and parts of Caterpillar.

The boil order extends from Forrest Hill Avenue south to Montana Street and N. Kickapoo Creek Road and South Laramie Street east to the Illinois River. That includes the neighborhoods of North Valley, East Bluff, Downtown, Pottstown, West Bluff, West Peoria, and parts of south and central Peoria.

During the boil order, residents should not use tap water for consumption but can use it to bathe.

For a complete list of dos and don’ts during a boil order, click on the link above.

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