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Water Main Break Causes Stress For Local Businesses

PEORIA - Traffic near Peoria's Campustown was busier than usual Friday afternoon. Peoria Public Works closed most of the intersection of Main and University streets due to a water main break around 4:30 a.m. Friday.
PEORIA - Traffic near Peoria's Campustown was busier than usual Friday afternoon.
Peoria Public Works closed most of the intersection of Main and University streets due to a water main break around 4:30 a.m. Friday.  
“The bottom of the main split, so we're going to fix the main," said Chris Johnson, district manager for Illinois Water Company.  
More than a dozen customers lost water, including local restaurants. According to Johnson, weather conditions could have attributed to the break.
"We're kind of in a dry spell right now,” Johnson said. “Right now we're moving a lot of water because of the heat and sometimes that's what happens. You have a lot of pressure, a lot of water moving through, and when you have ground movement. That's what happens."
Johnson called it “fortunate” more customers were not impacted in the busy section of town. But it was an inconvenience for companies left without water and their customers.
"Apparently no water at Thanh Linh's, so I can't eat lunch," said Keith Lovin, of Peoria.  
Lovin and his coworkers were disappointed upon finding out their favorite restaurant was closed.
"An hour for lunch, so I'll get to spend a little more time traveling and a shorter lunch," he said.  
Local shops we spoke to say the loss of water hurt business. Water at One World Café on Main Street stayed on, but the break still caused concerns.
“This morning was kinda slow, so we were a little nervous that people wouldn't be able to get in here today. But they kept traffic moving really well. Things have gone smoothly. So we've been doing okay."
Other businesses could not say the same, at least not until the break is fixed.  The break is expected to be fixed by Friday evening. Businesses will be placed on a 24-hour boil order after the water main is replaced.
The water company says temporary repairs will be made in order to open the intersection. A permanent fix will come at a later date.
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