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NORMAL — A valve broke on a water main near Mulberry and School streets in Normal, flooding streets and affecting several Illinois State University buildings.

Water was shut off to affected buildings, including Metcalf Laboratory School, Bone Student Center, the Bowling & Billiards Center and Milner Library, resulting in food services, restrooms and drinking fountains being shut down, according to town and university officials.

Steve Gerdes, Normal water director, said the problem was reported around noon. Repairs were continuing into the night, and Gerdes did not have an estimate of how long the repairs would take.

The Bone Student Center restaurants will be closed through Wednesday, according to ISU's Campus Dining Services. A boil order is expected, and university spokesman Eric Jome said testing will have to be done before food service and drinking water is available. 

Jeff Hill, superintendent of ISU lab schools, said repairs are expected to be completed in time for school to resume Wednesday at Metcalf, although a boil order will be in effect.

In that event, bottled water will be available for drinking, hand sanitizer will be available for the bathrooms and food will be prepared off-site, he said.

If repairs are delayed, Hill said parents will be notified by voice mail by 6 a.m. Wednesday if school is called off.  

Motorists and pedestrians were advised to use caution on while traveling in the affected area.

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Education Reporter

Education Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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