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Water restriction continues for Madison

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People in Madison are asked not to use tap water until further notice. Mayor Roy Lindsay says that a roof collapsed over a well at the treatment center, contaminating the water.

This tank is underground and contained clean water, which is pumped directly to the water tower.

That water will have to be pumped out, which is a process that will last through the night, into Thursday morning.  At that point, a number of tests will have to be run to ensure the water is fit for use.

"We're asking people right now, at this point in time, not to use any water. If you do need to use some water out of the system for drinking purposes, please boil it and then cool it before you drink it. We're asking them not to take showers, not to do laundry. Please don't flush the toilet or do anything like that, because those things take a lot of water and we do not have the ability to replace it in the water towers," said Lindsay.

Lindsay has asked local districts to close schools Thursday. They have complied. He is also concerned about local nursing homes and medical facilities.

The mayor anticipates high winds and blizzard conditions overnight into Thursday will hinder the process of fixing the collapse.

Citizens are asked not use any water if possible. All water must be boiled before it's used.

According Public Works, this is expected to last for at least the next 24 hours.

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