Uptown Boil Water Advisory Continues

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A boil water advisory in Uptown is affecting thousands of customers.

Darian Trotter talked to some of them who are trying to cope.

Crews with the Sewerage and Water Board are still working to repair a water main break in the 7800 block of Cohn Street in the Carrollton area.

Water flooded the streets around sunrise Tuesday morning; leaving scores of cars under two feet of water in some areas, and causing headaches for residential and business customers behind closed doors.

“It’s terrible; it’s absolutely terrible,” customer JoAnn Perdue said.

A Precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for much of Uptown; affecting some 24-thousand customers.

“It’s always impartial that when we make decisions relative to boil water advisories, we make that decision with the utmost amount of caution and to be extremely conservative,” Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Marcia St. Martin said.

Customers are asked to boil water for at least one minute before using.

Trotter asked, “You up for it? Well no I’m not,” customer Yvonne Cook replied.

“Got a shower early this morning before all that happened, hadn’t cooked anything all day so hadn’t been a problem,” customer Freddy Jones said.

But it has been a problem at nearby Camellia Grill.

“They were just saying how they can’t sanitize anything and if they can’t sanitize their dishes, they can’t be open and I also work in a restaurant so I get it you need water to clean your dishes and sanitize everything, counter tops and food-borne illnesses. So I can imagine it will be an inconvenience,” customer Claudine Birgy said.

Water samples will be re-tested Wednesday afternoon.

Until the all clear is given, customers are urged to take the advisory seriously.

“I want them to fix the problem, I want them to see that we are back to where we use to be, you know and to make sure that when they fix it, it’s not something we have to worry about again,” Perdue said.

An update about the boil advisory is expected Wednesday.

The Sewerage & Water Board says it will cover any property damage related to flooding.