MOUNT VERNON — Water was shut off to downtown businesses this morning in a wider area than expected, according to a Mount Vernon City official.
According to Mathias Orndorf, utilities director, water was to be shut off in the two blocks of South Main Street, between Public Square and Gambier Street, while city crews worked to correct an issue with a tap at the Woodward building.
The shut off was announced to The Alcove and The Grand Hotel directly Wednesday evening, Orndorf said. Notices were also posted on Facebook and through WENS. Boil advisory notices were posted to some buildings in the area this morning.
“We can’t anticipate which valves are going to work,” Orndorf told the News this morning as the shut-off area extended to properties on South Gay Street. “Sometimes you have to go to the next valve.”
The city anticipated water service would be restored by 11 a.m., with a 24-hour boil advisory.
Delivery of the News was delayed because of the lack of water, which is necessary in some steps of the paper’s production.