GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Tibbetts Wick Road in Girard was closed Saturday due to a water main break, according to police.
The break frustrated at least 4,000 people in the city who were without water for the day. Water has been restored to some parts of Girard, after crews worked throughout the day to repair the broken main.
A boil water advisory is in effect until further notice for those affected by the break.
WYTV spoke with Jerry Lambert, Girard Director of Public Services, who said 14 feet of the pipe had to be replaced.
The water main break happened in front of Theresa Howard’s house. She had been using water she already had to get through the day.
“I haven’t done any laundry yet and haven’t showered yet,” Howard said. “So it’s a little frustrating.”
Dale Cole also lives on Tibbets Wick Road by the break. He woke up at 4:30 to feed his puppies, who didn’t have anything to drink.
“I got a 92-year-old grandmother living downstairs. She can’t bathe, we can’t bathe. My wife’s got to go to work. She has to go to my uncle’s house to take a shower,” Cole said.
Neighbors say they’ve been left in the dark all day about what was going on.
“Nobody’s actually told us anything. Nobody,” Howard said.
“Maybe I didn’t pay the water bill,” Cole said. “I was thinking maybe something froze in my house.”
Officials say they do not know what caused the water main break and are not sure how big the break is. That leaves neighbors with questions.
“I’m wondering when’s [sic] it going to be fixed,” Howard said. “When can I expect water?”
This is the first time they’ve had to deal with this problem, but it’s one that they say caused a huge inconvenience.