Boil Advisory issued for Council Bluffs


January 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 7:23-a.m.)

Officials in Council Bluffs say a large water main break near North 9th Street and Avenue F, has resulted in the issuance of a BOIL ADVISORY for the entire City of Council Bluffs for anywhere from 24-to 48-hours.   According to media reports, a geyser was shooting up from the street for a while after the incident occurred sometime between 2:15- and 2:30-a.m., and a vehicle was observed partially submerged in the large hole created by the water main break. The road has also buckled in the area.  The cause of the break is under investigation.

Authorities have shut down at least nine blocks to traffic, as the main break caused street flooding.  Temperatures below freezing means that roads in the vicinity of the incident are very icy or slushy. Drivers are urged to avoid the area.

And, schools are asking students to bring bottled water to class today, due to the Boil Advisory. Under a Boil Advisory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that persons use bottled water for drinking, cooking and the brushing of teeth, or tap water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria and viruses.

(7-a.m. News)