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Main Break Closes Mattoon High School

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 10:41 AM CST
MATTOON-- The water fountains run dry. Mrs. Smith's English class is empty. The halls are whisper quiet.

Much different than the deafening jackhammer just outside school doors.

"We had a water leak, a water main leak that was coming into the building." said superintendent Larry Lilly.

Meaning the water is off, and class is not in session at Mattoon High School, instead the back parking lot is being torn apart.

"Haven't gotten the bill for this yet, but we do build in a contingency line item in our operations and maintenance fund for this sort of thing." said Lilly.

The cost of this main break is unknown, but Mattoon High School isn't alone in dealing with water main problem this winter.
American Water doesn't handle Mattoon's water, but is in charge of water systems in towns like Champaign and Urbana.
It says it's seeing about three broken lines a day this winter, 25 to 35 percent more than usual.
Main Break Closes Mattoon High School

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