Flood 2016

Palo reports sewer main break; residents urged not to use water

City also is preparing for flood conditions

Kevin Booth (right), of Palo, points to windows that need to be sandbagged on the side of his house on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Approximately 80 homes in Palo were put under a mandatory evacuation Saturday morning, as the city prepares for the Cedar River to crest at 24 feet early next week. (Liz Zabel/The Gazette)
Kevin Booth (right), of Palo, points to windows that need to be sandbagged on the side of his house on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Approximately 80 homes in Palo were put under a mandatory evacuation Saturday morning, as the city prepares for the Cedar River to crest at 24 feet early next week. (Liz Zabel/The Gazette)

Palo residents and businesses are asked to not use their water while the city addresses a sewer main break.

Palo Mayor Thomas Yock said the sewer main break appears to have occurred sometime earlier today and city crews are addressing the issue.

“We just know that it’s a sewer break,” Yock said. “I don’t anticipate it will be a two- or three-day situation ... . We’re addressing it right away.”

Palo also is gearing up for major flood levels early next week along the Cedar River.

About 80 homes began mandatory evacuations Saturday in advance of the rising water.

Meanwhile, HESCO barriers have been established along the community’s low-lying spots.

Yock said he doesn’t anticipate any additional evacuations in the community of about 1,000 residents.

Yock said all measures have been taken to prepare for flood conditions.

“I think we’re in great shape, we’re just kind of waiting for the bomb to hit,” he said. “It’s just hurry up and wait. We’ve got everything secured that we think we need and a little more.”

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