A large water main break late Thursday has forced the entire town of Normal under a boil order, likely until Saturday evening.
A main broke about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of E. College Ave. Water department officials said water repairs are underway and service should be restored by noon Friday. Westbound College between Grand View and Blair is closed Friday morning as a result of the break.
The drop in water pressure and the size of the break requires the water department to place the entire town under a boil order until water testing samples come back from a laboratory.
Advocate BroMenn is using water from the City of Bloomington and bottled water to keep the emergency department and other essential facilities operational.Staff are using hand sanitizer for hand cleaning and boiled water for food preparation. Outpatient services, cardiac and pulmonary clinics will be closed today as a result of the water main break.
Epiphany Catholic School is closed all day Friday due to the break. The junior high field trip was also cancelled. Cleanup is underway after several classrooms and rooms in the religious wing of the building were flooded. The principal said the school plans to reopen Monday.
Illinois State University is also under a boil order. Students there are told the restrooms are operational, but they should not drink tap water. Campus food services are open on a limited basis.
Midwest Food Bank is distributing water from their 2301 Warehouse Rd. location in Normal for people affected by the boil order from 1-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Residents can pick up one case of water per household.
Officials believe the order should be lifted by 5 p.m. Saturday. Anyone with questions can call the water department at (309) 454-9563.