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Boil order in Cahokia extended for another 24 hours

Residents report water outage

Residents in Cahokia, Sauget and Centreville were without running water Monday morning.
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Residents in Cahokia, Sauget and Centreville were without running water Monday morning.

The village of Cahokia is under a boil order after the village’s water supply company lost power to tank this morning, the village said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lynn Branson Matchingtouch, the assistant director for water and sewer for Cahokia, said the boil order would go on to Wednesday afternoon as water sample tests are conducted.

Residents are advised to bring water to a 5-minute rolling boil before using for cooking or drinking.

The boil order comes after residents in Cahokia, Sauget and Centreville were without running water, according to a police department post.

Cahokia Unit School District #187 announced Monday at noon that the football game Monday night and class on Tuesday were both canceled due to the boil order.

Matchingtouch said the village’s supplier Commonfields of Cahokia had a tank that lost power. The tank is back up and running.

Whether the boil order also pertains Sauget and Centreville was not immediately clear, but Commonfields also supplies water for those communities, Matchingtough said.

Cahokia police say they received an “overwhelming” amount of phone calls Monday morning as residents reported they were without running water.

An official on the police department’s Facebook page said Cahokia Water and Sewer Department and Commonfields of Cahokia had been notified.

“They are aware of the problem and they are working on it,” police wrote.

Illinois American Water spokesman Terry Mackin said crews were out looking for a leak just before 8:30 a.m. Just before 9 a.m. the company determined a power outage had caused the water outage.

“It’s not affecting our direct customers,” Mackin said, adding that some residents in the area get their water through Cahokia Water and Sewer Department and Commonfields of Cahokia.

Check back to bnd.com for more on this developing story.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck
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