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Crews still working to repair break at Vine and MLK

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Crews are still working to fix the water main break at Martin Luther King and Vine Streets in downtown Evansville. It's been two days, and officials say a broken, century old valve is not easy to fix.

Just because the temperature got away from the single digits on Wednesday doesn't mean water main breaks aren't still keeping crews busy.

Allen Mounts, the Director of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility tells 14 News that five water mains have broken on Wednesday alone. As the super chilled water from the Ohio River makes it's way into the system, he expects even more breaks.

Combine this with an aging water line system and breaks, like the one on Vine and Martin Luther King, become very difficult to fix.

"In order to turn the water off, we have valves located in the ground throughout the city. In this case, it's a hundred year old valve and it's broken," Mounts says. "So before we can turn off the water to get the water line repaired, we've got to repair the valve. The crew is trying to figure out how to repair a one hundred year old valve at this point."

Right now, businesses around the leak, including the Federal Building and Post Office still have running water. Once actual repairs to the line begins, water will be shut off to those buildings until the damage is fixed.

This break is one of several crews have been dealing with, and as the weather warms up, they're bracing for even more. 

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