UPDATE: Eau Claire water main break displaces residence from three homes

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Some residents won't be staying in their homes Tuesday night after a water main break on the west side of Eau Claire.

The break, which occurred early Tuesday morning at 11th St. and Fountain St. caused sewage water to flood the basement of more than 50 homes.

The city has made contact with 83 homes, and is still working to make contact with all residents in the affected area. Furnaces and water heaters were also affected by the break, displacing residents of 3 homes.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is providing shelter for local residents in need.

The City of Eau Claire says there is a plan in place when an incident like this happens.

"Again, this is a little bit larger scale, but we're prepared for it," says Jeff Pippenger, Utilities Administrator with the City of Eau Claire. "That's why we have all of our workers out there assisting in that. We average about 10 water main breaks a year, and typically we have very few problems with it but in some instances it does become a bigger incident that we have to take care of, but we're prepared."

The city is working with local health officials to keep residents safe from the potentially contaminated sewage backup. The city is consulting with its insurance company to address costs.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Crews are still on the scene of a water main break at 11th and Fountain Street in Eau Claire.

It happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Jeff Pippenger, with the city of Eau Claire, says their current and top priority is safety because the water has raw sewage in it.

It’s estimated that around 50 homes are impacted.

Pippenger says Eau Claire averages around 10 water main breaks a year.

This is a developing story and we’ll bring you the latest online and on air.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Dozens of homes are facing possible flood damage after an overnight water main break in Eau Claire.

Lane Berg, the Utilities Manager with the City of Eau Claire says it happened around 1:00 A.M. at 11th and Fountain Street.

The water main break caused water to rush into a sewer man hole and then back up into the pipe. This forced water back into homes through drains, flooding basements.

Berg expects repairs to be complete by noon today. He believes 50 homes could be affected.

Berg is referring those dealing with possible damage to the Risk Management Office. Contact information is 715-839-4908.

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