UPDATED: Boil order lifted in Rantoul

UPDATED 11:50 a.m.Thursday.

RANTOUL — A boil order has been lifted in Rantoul.

The Public Works Department lifted the boil order Thursday morning, and water in Rantoul is now safe to use, after two water main breaks were repaired Wednesday.

The boil order had been in effect for properties south of Veterans Parkway, on the west side of U.S. 45 down to Frost Avenue and the east side of Eagle Drive.

Village workers Wednesday afternoon completed repair of the water mains that broke the previous evening, disrupting some water service and forcing a boil order for much of south Rantoul.

Greg Hazel, director of public works, said the repairs were completed early Wednesday afternoon.

"The lines are being flushed and disinfected this afternoon," Hazel said Wednesday. "Samples at various locations will be taken today, and the results will be known within 24 hours."

The two mains broke about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on International Drive near Prairie Village retirement center on the former Chanute Air Force Base, according to Jo Peavler, public works administrative support supervisor.

She said there was very low water pressure on the former Air Force base and the east side of town.

Hazel said several businesses were affected, including Prairie Village and Lincoln's Challenge Academy. He said Little Wings child care center, Head Start, Criss Cross and HOV were closed for the day as a precaution.

Ian Wang, part owner/manager of Prairie Village, said personnel at the retirement center are "trying our best to handle it and to work with the city."

Renee Schoonover, executive secretary at Lincoln's Challenge, said the academy had no water Wednesday morning, so porta-potties and bottled water were brought to the facility.

She said the water pressure was slowly returning to the academy's main building Wednesday afternoon.

Camp Rantoul is ongoing on the former base, and Kent Brown, University of Illinois sports information director, said the water main breaks caused minimal problems for the football team.

He said the team "had enough water on hand to get through the day," adding that some additional water was delivered until the boil order was lifted.

There were no issues with meals or water pressure, he said.

The cause of the breaks is not known, but Peavler said village officials believe it is due to the dry weather causing the ground to rise.

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