Boil order rescinded after water main break leaves Emporia witho - KCTV5

Boil order rescinded after water main break leaves Emporia without water

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Authorities say a major water main break has left Emporia nearly waterless as temperatures soar. (KCTV5) Authorities say a major water main break has left Emporia nearly waterless as temperatures soar. (KCTV5)
EMPORIA, KS (KCTV/AP) -

UPDATE: The boil water advisory for Emporia has been rescinded. The original story is below. 

Now that the advisory is still in effect for the following other areas:

  • City of Admire, Lyon County
  • City of Allen, Lyon County
  • Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County
  • City of Hartford, Lyon County
  • Lyon County Rural Water District 1, Lyon County
  • Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County
  • Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County
  • Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County
  • Lyon County Rural Water District 5, Lyon County
  • City of Olpe, Lyon County
  • Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County

Authorities say a major water main break has left Emporia nearly waterless as temperatures soar.

Police said in a Facebook post early Wednesday on the department's official page that crews were working to fix the problem in the town of about 25,000 residents, which is located about 60 miles southwest of Topeka.

The outage comes as temperatures are expected to hit 100 degrees. The National Weather Service says the humidity will make it feel closer to 105.

Police say the communications center has been flooded with calls about the water outage. Residents were urged not to call 911 to inquire about the situation.

A photo on the Emporia Gazette website showed a street covered with water because of the break.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city's public water supply.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

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