AKRON, Ohio - The City of Akron has removed the precautionary boil water advisory that was issued on April 11th, for Akron water customers in Fairlawn and Copley (and parts of West Akron with low water pressure) as of 9pm Saturday night.
Testing is completed and all tests came back clean.
The boil alert was issued after severe low pressures were caused by a 36" diameter water main break that happened around 6pm on Thursday, April 11 in the area of West North Street and North Valley Street.
Around a dozen Akron residents had to be rescued from their homes after the massive water main break.
People were trapped on their porches by the high water and waited for rescue teams to get them to safety. Firefighters, struggling with the growing sandbars in the street, carried children, while boats aided older residents to higher ground.
Residents were allowed back into their homes Friday just to sort through items.
About six businesses also sustained damage during the break. Engineers will be at the scene Friday morning to assess the condition of the nearby Extrusion Services Inc. building.
Some motorists even tried to drive through the high water, but became stuck, Akron police said. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.
City crews backfilled and temporarily repaired the line Friday. The City of Akron said it will take a few days to get the pipe material needed for permanent repairs.
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