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Water restored following service disruption on First Avenue

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 10:32 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 8:33 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Water service has been restored for Evansville businesses and homes along North First Avenue.

City water officials shut off water service Wednesday morning for a stretch of First Avenue from Buena Vista Road to Old Post Road.

On Wednesday afternoon, officials said the water service disruption and precautionary boil advisory was expanded to include a larger portion of the North Park areas, including properties east of First Avenue and south of Buena Vista Road.

Some of the properties impacted include Woodbridge Apartments, Buena Vista Apartments, Holy Redeemer School, and several medical facilities and restaurants.

EWSU water construction crews were working to repair the water line for several days in the 4200 block of First Avenue.

They say the repairs would not be able to be finished without shutting off water to remove a four-foot-long section of pipe.

Water officials apologize for having to cut the water without more of a notice.

”We could have done a better job about getting that out sooner, and for that, I just would apologize to them and hope they can understand we are doing our best, but we made a mistake in at least the notification process,” Lane Young with Evansville Water and Sewer Utility said.

Now that water service has been restored, officials say people should bring their water to a boil prior to using it for at least the next 48 hours.

Blenderz Smoothie and Yogurt Bar has closed multiple times during the week of work for various problems.

“It’s very frustrating,” owner Brent Counts said. “Very frustrating.”

EWSU says they have been trying for a week to get the issue fixed without having to cut water service, but it hasn’t worked, so this is their last resort.

“I understand the process, and I have no problem with it, but I need the money, I need the customers today,” Counts said.

Counts has been having his employees work anyways, cleaning and restocking, so they can keep their hours.

He says this week’s construction has brought him more than just water problems.

“When it started last Tuesday, the crews hit a power line, which made me lose power right at lunchtime, so I’m closed at lunchtime, the busiest time of the day,” he said.

He says the power line still hasn’t been fixed.

“None of my lights work,” he said.

Blenderz Smoothie and Yogurt Bar first opened in June of 2020.

Counts says it took everything to get started mid-pandemic.

“It’s been a struggle to begin with, every day with it,” Counts said. “The revenue I’ve lost the past eight days. It’s something I’ve been trying to work with the city on trying to get it back but that may be months down the road, and I need the money today.”

As his employees finish another day cleaning instead of serving smoothies, Counts just hopes it’ll get better soon.

“I’m sure we’ll recover, and I hope we’ll recover, but I mean it’s up in the air,” he said.

Deaconess officials say the outage has closed Deaconess Urgent Care North Park, Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors North Park, Deaconess North Park Lab and Deaconess Home Medical Equipment North Park.

Due to this, a precautionary boil advisory has been issued for when water is restored.

They say the advisory will remain in effect for at least 48 hours after the water is restored.

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