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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two area businesses are helping a community that's dealing with multiple water main breaks.

Morries and Gordy's County Market handed out free cases of water to people living in the Thorp area Tuesday at the Thorpedo restaurant. The businesses said each family could have two cases of water while supplies lasted.
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THORP, Wis. (CITY OF THORP NEWS RELEASE) --The two remaining major water (main) breaks have been repaired. Crews will be tackling the last remaining break on N. Boardman this afternoon. If all goes well and that repair is successful (and we don't get any more), the system will be sanitized on Wednesday and water sampling will begin Thursday. We see light at the end of the tunnel!
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Thorp Public Schools will be closed again on Tuesday February 25th.

Overnight, another significant water break occurred--once again dropping water levels in the water tower.

That break was temporarily shut down but has not been repaired.

Because of the unstable status of the water tower, and the uncertainty of consistent water pressure throughout Tuesday, schools have been closed once again.
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People living in Thorp are under a strict boil advisory after deep underground frost caused four breaks in the water system and drained the city's water tower.

"About 5:30 this morning our public works crew got an alarm from our water tower saying our water was dangerously low," Thorp City Administrator Randy Reeg said.

People and businesses in town were left with little to no water pressure for most of the day Monday.

“This is the first time anything like this has happened in my eight years since I’ve been here,” said Reeg.

School was cancelled and many business and restaurants closed

“This morning everybody gathered at 7 on the sidewalk and had a little meeting and decided that it wasn't worth it if they couldn't do what they do and luckily we can,” said Lana Ciolkosz who owns Lana's Flowers and a coffee bar.

Ciolkosz says they've been able to get some water from their faucet to water flowers and make espressos. “I'm just thankful that we have the water we have I do have a lot of work to do today,” she said.

Down the road at Super Value bottled water flew off the shelves. The story even shipped in more water from the warehouse in Green Bay.

"We've been busy. They were here at ten (minutes) to 7:00am and we let people in early. We've been serving any one that comes in the door,” Owner Cheryl Neimuth said.

By late afternoon city crews had isolated and fixed one of the main breaks off Highway 73 on the south side of Thorp. Crews are still working to fix another main leak near the schools. Reeg says there are also two small leaks on the north side of town.

Reeg says the deep frost made it more difficult to locate the leaks. He says normally if the water system leaks water surfaces right away and someone reports water on the road. He says this time that didn’t happen.

“They had to go through all the sanitary system to our man holes and pop all the lids to isolate where the water was flowing and where it wasn't,” said Reeg.

Reeg says they hope to have all the leaks fixed by Monday night. He says he expects the boil advisory will remain in effect through most of the week. The city has to have two clean samples of water before it can be lifted.

Residents of Thorp are asked to use boiled water or bottled water to drink, cook, brush teeth, and make ice cubes with.

Red Cross donated bottled water. That is being distributed at the city building.

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All residents should boil any water they may be able to get out of their faucets before consumption. This will stand until further notice.
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THORP, Wis. (WEAU) -- A major leak in the City of Thorp water system has led to a water emergency.

Thorp City Administrator Randy Reeg says the leak is so significant that the wells are unable to keep up with demand and the water tower has drained.

The entire city has little to no water pressure.

The Public Works Department is in the field now, working to locate the leak and repair the problem.

Residents in the area should avoid using water if possible.

If residents are still getting a trickle of water, they can let it continue to run to prevent their services from freezing.

Thorp Public Schools are cancelled Monday due to the water emergency.


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