WENY News - Corning water main break affects residents and businesses

Corning water main break affects residents and businesses

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- A water main break in the city of Corning last night left residents and businesses with little to no water. 

"When that happened, we lost some water out of our tank and had a lot of water on the grounds," said Corning Superintendent of Public Works, Larry Wagner. "There was some water that went across Denison Parkway so we had ice."

For most of Corning, the break created a lack of water pressure.

But for the four properties in the area of the break, they were without water until four-thirty Wednesday morning. 

"This morning, for the four properties, there was a boil notice issued for those four properties," said Wagner. "That's the Founders Pavilion and there's three houses that are actually on Columbia. The rest of the city it's not affected. They didn't have anything."

As for one business located next to the break, they were forced to close for the day. 

"So we were initially told last night by the city that we needed to have the water off," said Corning Dental Associates partner, Dr. Lynne Meriwether. "That we couldn't run the water. Since we are a health care facility, we obviously need to use water. So it would not only not safe for our patients, but not safe for our staff."

Despite suffering water damage to their entire basement, and a portion of their parking lot, Corning Dental will be open on Thursday.

Meriwether also says the city informed them they are not under a boil water advisory. 

For the four properties under a boil water advisory, the city says they'll be testing the water quality over the next forty-eight hours, and should have an answer as to whether it's safe by Friday.

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