Water main break shuts off service in Kinderhook; classes canceled in Western School District

Posted: Feb. 4, 2013 10:26 am Updated: Feb. 25, 2013 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

KINDERHOOK, Ill. -- A water main break in Kinderhook shut down service for the community on Sunday and closed the Western School District on Monday.

"We're waiting on a part right now," Kinderhook Mayor A.J. Bradshaw said Monday morning. "If there's not other major problems, we'll have it back on by noon ... then we'll have to wait a while to build pressure."

Bradshaw said a main broke Sunday on Harper Street, just off Ill. 96, interrupting water service to the village of 216 people while repairs were being made. Western Superintendent Carol Frericks said the decision was made Sunday night to call off school.

"Sometimes those things are out of our control," Frericks said. "We do need water."

Frericks said school officials will check with Bradshaw later today for an update before deciding how to handle afterschool and evening activities.

"We have a volleyball game at the junior high tonight," she said. "If we don't have any water in the building for use of restrooms, we will move the volleyball over to Barry."

Bradshaw said weather conditions likely contributed to the water main break.

"Last year with the drought had a lot to do with a lot of these leaks," Bradshaw said. "When it gets cold, gets warm, the ground does a lot of moving. It's hard on these old pipes."

Bradshaw said when water service is restored, a 48-hour boil order in effect.