Boil advisory for some Eastside suburbs due to Richmond Heights water main break

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 8:52 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 6:39 PM EST
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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Due to a 54″ water main break on Highland Road in Richmond Heights, residents in multiple Eastside suburbs are being told to boil their water before drinking.

The water main break happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Cleveland Water officials said organisms which could cause illness may have entered the water supply.

The affected area includes portions of Highland Heights, Richmond Heights, Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Euclid, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, University Heights and Gates Mills.

The boil water advisory is expected to be in place until Dec. 1.

The break did significant damage to a large section of Highland Road to the point that Richmond Hts. engineers do not believe there is any safe way to reopen the road while Cleveland Water fixes the main.

The road will remain closed in both directions between Trebisky and Harris.

At this point, until Cleveland Water produces a timeline for repairs, it is unclear how long the closure will remain in place.

There could be delays.

“Of course one of the issues in the day and age of Covid is going to be how available material is,” said Chris Gourtney, an assistant engineer in the city of Richmond Hts, “It’s a large diameter, 54 inch, water main that contains specialized material and it may be difficult to get that material.”

The main break caused a hectic morning for many including Michael Anderson who lives in Richmond Hts.

“It made us both late for work, we couldn’t shower, we couldn’t shower, couldn’t use the bathroom, you couldn’t eat, nothing,” Anderson said.

A very large watermain break caused part of Highland Road to collapse.
A very large watermain break caused part of Highland Road to collapse.((Source: WOIO))

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