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Water Main Breaks in Cleveland

January 13, 2000

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A water main broke in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday, knocking out power and sending water pouring through some of the city’s busiest streets.

Mayor Michael R. White said the area affected by the break may not be useable until next week.

``It will definitely be closed Thursday, Friday and possibly through the weekend,″ White said.

The water main broke about 5:45 p.m. and knocked out power to nearby office buildings and lowered water pressure through the city and some western suburbs.

At least three cars were stuck in water a couple of feet deep. Motorists were able to leave the cars safely.

The cause of the break in the four-foot-wide pipe was unknown.

White was advising residents throughout the city to boil their water.

``I didn’t know the lake (Lake Erie) came in this close,″ joked Zale Kesler, a businessman from Dallas who was unable to reach his hotel. ``I need a boat.″

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