A huge water main break was reported in downtown Peoria around 6:45 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of NE Jefferson Avenue.
A geyser of water from the main shot at times to heights of 7 stories, above the tallest buildings around it. The main break was in front of the Red Carpet Car Wash at 505 NE Jefferson.
Video of the water main break in downtown Peoria
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“More than likely, the break was at the top of the main, causing the water to shoot so high,” said Illinois American Water Operations Supervisor Matthew White.
Illinois American Water Spokesperson Karen Cotton says the break involved a 12-inch main. She says the break occurred near the “bonnet”, a cap near the top of the line. “That caused the water to shoot straight up from there,” said Cotton.
A daycare and the car wash did not lose water pressure. Cotton says the nearby Salvation Army was affected.
One lane of traffic was safely reopened on Jefferson Avenue. Bryan Street will remain closed while restoration of the intersection continues.
Water company officials say weather permitting, the restoration work should be completed by Wednesday, May 11.
The Salvation Army’s Veterans Center and Sylvia Fites Family Services Building were closed Monday.
Army spokesman Rich Draeger says shelter residents will be housed at an area motel Monday night due to a boil order in relation to the water main break. Child Care and the Army headquarters were operating as usual Monday.
Officials will revisit the Fites Center, Drop-In Center and lunch programs are more information is available from the water company.