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Lynn Center Water Main Repairs Begin


Much of Lynn Center, Illinois has been without running water since Sunday because of a broken water main.

It lies under BNSF railroad tracks.

The railroad said the water association needed 10 million dollars in liability insurance before it could repair the main.

A solution was found Wednesday afternoon.

The railroad allowed an emergency dig while the water association continues to look for that insurance.

Construction work began early this morning.

As heavy equipment began digging trenches and boring holes under the railroad tracks to repair the broken water main.

The work is expected to last into Saturday, but it will end a long week for residents in this tiny village.

"You just got to sacrifice through it, there's no other way to do it," says Sharon Karenke. She's called Lynn Center home for 35 years. She grew up getting water from a well.

"When I was a kid I used to have to go to the well to get water, so it's not really that hard, if you can do it, why there's a way," says Karenke.

It's a way she prefers not to have to live through again. She has bottled water delivered to the house to drink. Everything else needing water this week, has been a challenge.

"My son-in-law brings me two five gallon buckets of water to flush the toilet," says Karenke.

"Two days isn't bad, three days isn't bad, but now we're getting into five, six days it's starting to wear thin," says Water Association President Stuart Etheridge.

He says a huge weight has lifted off his shoulders.

"I can sleep, and a lot of other people probably feel a lot more comfortable about the whole thing," says Etheridge.

He still has to find liability insurance to satisfy the railroad. The water association also has to absorb the costs of Saturday construction work.

"Yeah it's going to be a burden, I'm sure we'll get through it, it's one of those things we got to have water, just like everybody else it's a necessity."

A necessity Karenke looks forward to having again.

"Oh yeah, than I can take a shower and wash my hair."

Luxuries all of Lynn Center will have again.

Once the water is turned back on Lynn Center will remain under a boil order until further notice.

That could last a few days, until the EPA is satisfied with the water's test results.

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