Illinois City Goes Days Without Water As Water Tower Emptied After Break In Main

Sims, Illinois — It wasn’t but two short hours after a water main break occurred this past Monday around 1 p.m in the small town of Sims, Illinois when around 315 residents found themselves without water. Days later, they were still without water.

WSILTV reports that the Sims Mayor, Dava Austin, said the village discovered the water main break around 1:00 p.m. and within two hours, the city’s water tower was completely empty. An estimated 315 residents have been out of water for several days. Volunteers began distributing water Tuesday, with volunteers giving priority to about two dozen residents.

WSILTV reported that crews located the main water break but the cause is unknown. Currently, the village is waiting on EPA approval and permits for workers to repair the leak. Mayor Austin told WSILTV she’s thankful for local water donations as the Red Cross is unable to help at this time, “We are waiting because of the hurricane that takes priority, and we all totally understand that.”

The community is unsure of when water will be restored. Anyone interested in providing help can call 618-895-2761.


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