Water main break causes problems for businesses and drivers

By Beau Ebenezer

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The intersection of University and Main Street was closed throughout the morning and most of the day due to a water main break.

Illinois American Water officials said the break may have stemmed from weather related issues.

"We are kind of in a dry spell right now," said Illinois American Water District Manager, Chris Johnson. "When you have cold weather or dry weather, the ground moves around, and right now we are moving a lot of water because of the heat. Sometimes this is what happens when you have a lot of pressure and a lot of water moving through. When you have this ground movement, that is what happens."

Meanwhile, some businesses on the 1200 block of Main Street struggled with no water, causing them to close down for the day.

The Great Wall Restaurant, was forced to replace their regular water supply with water bottles to remain open.

Other businesses like One World Café lucked out.

They only had to deal with traffic issues.

"It has caused conflicts with everyone today," said One World Cafe Chef, Michael Shadbolt. "The parking situation was kind of harsh, but because Campus Town was open across the street everyone was able to park. People had to walk a few blocks maybe, but the food is definitely worth it."

The Café's water was not affected, and they were able to operate at full capacity throughout the day.

American Water says a temporary fix is being installed to return traffic back to normal this weekend.

Further repairs are expected to take place in the coming weeks.

"We're going to do a patch to open up traffic," said Johnson. "We have to come back and grind the surface off and relay the asphalt so it is smooth."

All of the businesses that were impacted are expected to be back up and running at full capacity this weekend.

American Water officials add that more than a dozen residents and businesses are now under a 36-hour water-boil advisory.

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