All of Decatur Without Water Due to Main Break (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ind. (21Alive) - As if this snow and extreme cold wasn't enough to adjust to this week, residents of Decatur made another unfortunate discovery when they tried to turn on their showers or brush their teeth this morning.

A water main break, that occurred sometime around midnight going into Tuesday, left everyone in the city without water.

Three towers, each filled with 500,000 gallons of water, are now empty.

Mayor Schultz hopes the line will be fixed by Tuesday night. He also wants everyone to remember that even once the water comes back on, it will be another couple of days before it is safe to drink again.

He adds, "You can't drink this water. We have to have it tested for 48 hours before it's declared safe to drink. So we'll have a boil advisory until then."

Early in the day, people rushed to nearby stores. By noon, all that was left were empty shelves.

Many waited close to an hour at a local Sack 'N Save for a truck to arrive with more bottled water.

But not everyone could wait and many had to get a little creative to make ends meet. Several people walked out with bags of ice and even shared stories of melting snow, just to do everyday things like flushing the toilet.

Mayor Schultz doesn't believe this break has anything to do with recent weather. Instead, he says it's just an old water line with very bad timing.




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