Water main break near college causes water-boil advisory, road issues

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WILMINGTON — A major water main break occurred at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday on Fife Avenue in front of Wilmington College.

In order to repair the eight-inch main, water had to be shut off in the immediate area.

Those that lost water will be on a boil advisory for at least 24 hours after the water comes back on, which is expected to occur Wednesday afternoon, according to Director of Safety & Service Brian Shidaker.

In addition to Wilmington College, the following locations are affected by the boil advisory: 673 through 731 Fife Avenue on the north side of the street, and 744 through 794 Fife Avenue on the south side of the street.

Under a boil advisory, all water that will be used for consumption or cooking should be boiled for about two minutes.

Notices will be delivered to each location when the boil advisory is lifted.

The break also caused significant damage to the roadway. Repairs are being expedited. The right lane heading eastbound on Fife Avenue in the area of Wilmington College will remain closed for at least 48 while repairs are being made.

Temporary traffic signs and barriers are set up in advance of lane closure where they are needed to direct the flow of traffic. Please obey all posted signs and always proceed cautiously near construction or heavy equipment.


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