GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI) – Wednesday Update: Cassens and Glen Carbon Elementary, in the Edwardsville School District, will be open Thursday. But, one private school — Gateway Legacy Christian Academy — is closed.
The police department is giving one pallet of water to each resident today, until a larger giveaway can be planned for later today.
Officials in Glen Carbon are still trying to locate the underground spot where a water main broke Tuesday night. About half of the town’s 20 thousand residents remain without water, and all are under a boil water advisory. Village officials have resorted to setting up a distribution spot for residents to pick up enough water to tide them over.
The original break happened about 10:30 Tuesday night according to the town’s website. Since it happened underground, they’ve been having trouble finding the bad spot. Officials said late Wednesday afternoon that they had narrowed it down, but still hadn’t succeeded in finding their problem. Nothing had changed by late Wednesday night.
“I’ve got like a dribble but it’s nasty looking It’s dirty,” Liz Barker said of the situation at her home. “It’s almost like mud coming out of the faucet so I need the drinking water.”
Residents were lining up to get into the parking lot of the local senior center. People were being asked for ID, and could get a case of water as well as all the tank water they could carry away. The latter is to be used for toilet flushing, bathing, and the like.
Residents say home live was tough and getting tougher as the outage went on.
“A little smelly in the house,” Beverly Neeley said. “Getting water to flush the toilets. A little inconvenient. Can’t wash your hands. You can’t cook because you can’ t do dishes. It kind of makes you appreciate what you have.”
School officials say students will be expected in class Thursday, as district official’s work around the lack of water.
About half the town has some sort of water service, but all of Glen Carbon remains under a boil water advisory.