Water main break affecting traffic at busy downtown intersection

PEORIA - Crews in Peoria are on the scene of a water main break that happened early Friday morning.

It's at the intersection of Main and Perry downtown. A representative for Illinois American Water tells WMBD that Perry is closed from Main to Hamilton. 

Crews hope to reopen at least one lane of Perry today. You should avoid driving in the area if possible.

The closure will affect traffic for the IHSA March Madness tournament, which brings thousands of basketball players and fans into Downtown Peoria.

The break also forced the Main branch of the Peoria Public Library to close at noon. It plans to reopen at 9:00 A.M. Saturday.

Water service is affected at local businesses. Some have accepted bottled water from Illinois American Water. Water should be restored later this evening, but they will be under a boil order. The affected businesses are listed below:
-Twins Fast Stop
-Anna's Steak House
-Ulrich's Rebellion Room
-Club Diesel
-Berlin Nightclub
-Grey's on Main
-Straight Forward
-First United Methodist Church
-Peoria Public Library Central Library

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