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UPDATE: Manton Water Restored; Part Of Business 131 Reopened to 1 Lane

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The City of Manton's water has been restored following problems that caused it to be shut off Thursday afternoon.

Crews originally believed it was a water main break, but they now tell 9&10 News they had to fix a water line that ran to a vacant laundromat.

Road crews shut down part of North Michigan Ave/Business 131 from 14 Road to 16 Road (Main Street), but reopened on lane Thursday night.

The problem occurred between Cedar Street and Roberts Street.

Old us-131 re-opened to one lane around 9 p.m.

And more importantly to people living in the area, their water is running again.

They're breathing a sigh of relief because they thought the repairs were going to take days.

"Hopefully by tomorrow they'll have it fixed."

It didn't take that long. Lee Domanski was without water for several hours today. He made do with jugs of water.

"It ain't too bad, I went down, bought a couple gallons of water, figured it'll be on sooner than later," said Domanski.

Crews worked to fix what they initially thought was a water main break.

"This is a four-inch line so I know it's been here for quite a while. So you just don't know, you don't know when you're going to spring a leak, and obviously when that frost starts working it's way down in the ground that puts pressure on that water main too, and probably hit a weak spot and now we're stuck with a mess," explained City Superintendent, Bryan Vincent.

As they dug deeper, they determined that mess was caused by a service line that ran to a now-empty laundromat.

It was a mess they didn't want to grow, so they made the decision to shut off the water to nearby homes and businesses.

"We have frost on the ground, obviously, and between that and the pavement, the water can run in different directions and you really don't know where it's coming up at, you just kind of make a calculated guess by looking at the situation."

Now that repairs are made, the water is back on. Many are happy they won't be dealing with a mess of their own, only a little bit of road work.

The city superintendent says they'll return tomorrow to patch up the road.

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