UPDATE: The City of Lyndhurst said the boil advisory will continue through Monday morning but may go on longer. Lyndhurst residents should continue to boil their water until notified otherwise.
The city said non-boiled water can be used for cleaning, laundry and dishwashing as long as it runs clear.
Original story below.
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Richmond Heights Police urge residents to use an alternate route after a “major” water main break flooded Highland Road on Saturday night.
Water has covered the road west of Trebisky to Hillcrest, according to police.
Residents in Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, South Euclid, and University Heights also reported having water outages in their homes.
Cleveland Water said the 54″ water main break happened around 8:45 p.m.
The break is on a water main that is not used for direct service to customers.
However, Cleveland Water said it may cause additional disruptions in water quality, such as discolored water or a potential temporary increase in lead levels in drinking water.
Cleveland Water issued a boil advisory for customers in Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, and South Euclid.
While Cleveland Water said there is no evidence that the water system is contaminated at this time, the possibility exists.
Therefore, Cleveland Water said people in the affected area should take the following precautions:
"DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT FLUSHING AND BOILING IT FIRST. Flush all taps used for drinking and cooking for at least 3 minutes. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for at least one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Waterborne illness may include nausea and stomach discomfort. If you experience one or more of these symptoms and they persist, contact your doctor. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly people may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers."
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