Metro-East News

Main break completely drains water tower of Southern Illinois village

Residents of Sims, a Wayne County village, have been without water for two days following a major water main break.

On Monday, crews discovered a water main break around 1 p.m. underneath the Skillet Fork River, a WSIL 3 report said. Two hours later, the city’s water tower was completely empty.

Though the cause of the break was unknown, Sims’ mayor, Dava Austin, told the TV station that the weekend’s heavy rain might have played a role.

“Our line has been there for 40 years, so they just kind of assume that it was washed out and something came through and cut our line and broke it,” she said.

Volunteers distributed water to approximately 315 Sims residents on Wednesday, the report said.

“We’re trying to give all the people what they need,” Lois Moyer, a member of the village board, told the TV station. “Gallons for the hygiene and the bottles just for water to drink.”

Moyer told WSIL 3 that water distribution began on Tuesday and that older people and those with disabilities were being prioritized.

As of Wednesday, it was unknown when water would be restored.

The report said the community is in need of more bottles and gallons and is also looking for more volunteers to relieve those that have been helping out over the last two days.

Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer can contact the Sims Town Hall at 618-895-2761 or drop water off there or at the Fairfield Fire Department.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic