December 22, 2014

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Vermilion boil alert one of longest in city history

VERMILION — A citywide water boil alert in effect since Wednesday was lifted at 3 p.m. Saturday, making it one of the longest boil alerts in Vermilion history.

“It’s unusual,” Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan said about the length of the boil alert.

The alert was prompted by the frigid temperatures that swept through Lorain County last week, which caused multiple water-main breaks and frozen pipes in and around Vermilion, forcing water plant officials to issue the citywide boil alert. From Wednesday until Saturday afternoon, Vermilion residents had to boil their water before using it, in case the water was contaminated.

According to Water Plant Director Shawn Daley, tests of the water finally showed it was clean to drink about 3 p.m. Saturday, and the alert was immediately called off.

However, the water plant’s work is far from over.

With help from a Cleveland company, water plant workers continue to monitor the city in search of water-main breaks and frozen pipes. So far, they have found and fixed two water-main breaks and located frozen pipes in and around 10 homes across the city, Daley said.

The next task is to break up the ice along the lakefront in order to prevent flooding. Friday night, a private contractor hired by the city worked to break up the ice and continued working throughout the day Saturday. Based on the lack of flooding in the city recently, Daley said he is hopeful about the results of the work.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.