By LINDA MESSMER
Brazil and Knightsville are expected to be without water pressure until sometime Thursday afternoon, a water department spokesperson said this morning.
After water pressure is restored, Brazil and Knightsville residents need to boil their drinking water for three days.
The boil order means residents should bring a pan of water to a rolling boil for five minutes before letting it cool to drink or use in food preparation.
The towns of Carbon and Center Point are also supplied by the Brazil water utility, but they have their own water towers and those town boards will have to decide if they should issue boil orders for those residents, the Brazil spokesperson said.
Slippery snow covered roads were made much worse this morning on U.S. 40 in Knightsville by the waterline that broke in front of the Jess Redifer home in Van Buren Township, approximately 1/2 mile east of the flasher light. A cause for the break had not been determined this morning.
A snow plow wasn't much help in removing the estimated 10 inches of water covering U.S. 40 and many front yards for about a two block area.
Knightsville resident Jim Pell said he noticed water churning out of the ground about 7 a.m. today and called city authorities. The break was in an 18-inch main line that supplies water to Brazil and area towns.
Brazil City water crews were out working on the line as Brazil City Police tried to keep traffic flowing safely during the busy morning rush hour.
Times Editor Frank Phillips contributed to this report.