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Main break results in water outage in Lyndon

Tower completely drained

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 4:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 10:27 p.m. CDT

LYNDON – Village residents found themselves without water shortly after noon Friday.

About 6:30 a.m., a water main broke at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue, which led to a villagewide outage when the water tower was completely drained, Village Clerk Shelly Moore said. The situation was expected to last into the evening – at least.

“We have contacted everyone,” she said. “We’re fielding one phone call after another.”

The village water utility serves 280 customers.

After it is restored, Moore said, the village plans to issue a boil order to residents.

Kathleen Stone, who campaigned for village president last year, said she called village hall to ask about the problem because her children were expected in town over the weekend.

“The woman asked, ‘Why do you want to know? Are you going to call the EPA?’” Stone said.

Last year, village trustee Les Williams called the Illinois EPA to find out about the status of one of the village’s wells, which isn’t operating. The EPA said the city had to wait until after the spring thaw to test it.

Other village officials criticized Williams for asking the EPA instead of going to them.

Stone supports Williams.

Stone said she told the woman, “Why do I need to call the EPA? I’m calling the town. She was accusing.”

Stone was referred to Moore who, Stone said, answered her questions.

Lyndon’s outage occurred 8 days after one in Rock Falls that shut down its system because of a sewer blockage.

The cutoff lasted less than a day.

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