L'ANSE - A major water main broke in the L'Anse Waterfront Park Monday night, lowering water pressure across the village and putting a boil-water notice into effect.
The main broke shortly after 5 p.m. as work crews were replacing a fire hydrant in the park, when something gave way, flooding part of the park and shutting down L'Anse Area Schools for today.
"The pressure is down in the whole system. ... It's affecting everyone in the village right now," village manager Bob LaFave said during Monday's village council meeting. "That water main is obviously one of the main ones that services the whole town, so we lost pressure quickly throughout the whole community. ... The guys are working very hard on it. We're doing everything we can to get it re-established."
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Village of L’Anse crews work on fixing the water main break in the L’Anse Waterfront Park late Monday afternoon. The break lowered water pressure throughout the village, and residents are being asked to boil water before drinking.
Village residents are advised to boil drinking water for at least five minutes, an advisory that is expected to be in place for at least the rest of today
As of this morning, the main has been fixed, but the village was waiting for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to further ensure water safety as of press time.
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In other news at Monday's meeting, the village council:
approved a request to allow village resident John Kuttenberg to put up a gate on a village right-of-way due to problems with ATVs and motorcycles ruining his property turning around at a dead end. The village will have access to a lock on the gate, but Kuttenberg will pay for the gate to be put up.
approved village staff to attend an Oct. 4-5 rural water meeting.
discussed exploring more logging opportunities in the village, and a formal proposal is expected to be presented at a future meeting.