Boil water order remains for Hollywood, parts of Davie
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A boil water order remains in effect Friday for the entire city of Hollywood, as well as parts of Davie, due to a water main break at 2800 Van Buren St.
Friday afternoon, all businesses in the area have water, and only one resident does not have power. Broward County Public Schools has been delivering water to schools and have shut off water fountains.
A 24-inch water main ruptured Thursday due to a utility contractor working in that area, resulting in substantial street flooding.
Motorists are being asked to avoid the area from Hollywood Boulevard south to Washington Street between 29th and 27th Avenues as repairs continue Friday.
As of Friday morning, crews were reconnecting the new pipes and working to repair the massive hole in the road.
The water main break caused a drop in water pressure throughout the system and water pressure remains substantially reduced city-wide. Due to the loss of pressure, the Department of Public Utilities is issuing a precautionary 24-hour boil water notice for all customers served by the City of Hollywood's water system.
Davie officials also issued a boil water notice, but they indicated the warning only applies to specific areas. A statement issued Thursday reads in part, "This boil water notice will affect only those Town of Davie residents who receive water from the City of Hollywood or Broward County."
Reverend Karen Epps of the Unity Church of Hollywood is directly affected by the break and is already planning on how to deal with the scenario. "We're actually hosting a retreat on Friday and Saturday," Epps said. "As we were coming back to bring our supplies, we realized that everything was blocked off, and as you can see behind us, it's flooded. We're really working with how to tell people to get here for our retreat tomorrow."
The city advises all water customers not to drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it, city officials explain.
Yolandy, who lives near the main break, was taken aback by the situation. "I've never seen something like that ever happen," she said. "This is strange to me. I cannot go home, and I'm trying to get through, and it's kinda hard for me to get home."
"No water, no nothing," Cesar Davis, a Shell station employee, said. "No water in the restroom, no water for coffee, no water for nothing."
You may also use bottled water. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food and washing dishes until further notice.
Once all water testing comes back satisfactory, the boil water notice will be lifted. Crews are aiming to have the boil water advisory lifted by 4 p.m. but the repairs continue.
For a map of areas affected by the boil water notice, log on to: http://webapps.broward.org/NewsRelease/Attachments/4551_312_06122013_boilwater.pdf.
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