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Second water main breaks in Peoria; fewer affected

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 photo, Illinois American Water work crew members tighten down a coupling on a 30-inch transmission main water line after a major break at an intersection in Peoria. The break led to boil orders and detour routes around the intersection. This merciless winter is taking a heavy toll on the nation's pipes and pavement, breaking hundreds of water mains and opening massive potholes inn streets. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)

PEORIA (AP) — Workers from Illinois American Water scrambled to fix a second break in a Peoria water main, hours after fixing a rupture that cut service to thousands.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1eqt6fg ) the second break was much smaller, impacting only about 30 customers on Tuesday.

A utility spokeswoman says the water main is about 70 years old and has been put under stress because of the cold temperatures have pushed the frost line more than 3 feet below ground.

"With the low temperature and the frost line being so low, it affected our completely underground infrastructure, especially the older pipes," said spokeswoman Karen Cotton. "It's hard to foresee something like this nature happening. We can't predict these things."

The initial break Monday cut water to several thousand homes, businesses, schools and other facilities. Service has since been restored.

Customers affected by the second break are being told to boil their water as a precaution.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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