Water main break affects 500 customers in M'ville, forces road closure
September 10, 2015 12:06 am  •, Times Staff
MERRILLVILLE | A water main break late Thursday afternoon affected 500 Indiana America Water customers and forced the closure of a road near the Hickory Ridge Lake Apartments in Merrillville, officials said.
Cleveland Street and West 57th Avenue were closed as crews responded to the break, officials said.
A 12-inch water main on 57th Avenue, about 100 feet west of Cleveland Street, broke, Indiana American Water spokesman Joe Loughmiller said.
As crews were shutting down that main for repairs, another water main in the 2400 block of West 57th Avenue broke, he said.
The 500 affected customers reside in an area bounded by 53rd Avenue on the north, Chase Street on the west, the railroad tracks south of 61st Avenue on the south and Cleveland Street on the east, Loughmiller said.
The company will be notifying the affected customers by phone of a boil advisory, he said. Those using water for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth should boil water for at least three minutes, he said.
The cause of the main breaks remained under investigation, Loughmiller said, but they were not caused by anyone working in the area.

Water Main Break Causes Steaming Manhole Covers In Indy
By Claire Hopkins - Press Examiner
Aug 30, 2015
A number of downtown Indianapolis streets were blocked Sunday morning after another manhole issue occurred.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officials were dispatched to 31 West Ohio Street around 10:45 a.m. This is near West Ohio and North Illinois streets. Crews began cutting off those steam lines while a Citizens Energy representative headed to the scene to investigate further. No evacuations. IFD believes no one is in danger.
IFD said the new covers on the manholes prevented them from actually going in the air.
A large portion of downtown around Monument Circle is blocked off while officials continue to work.
One person was checked out by medical personnel because they were having trouble breathing.
Water from the broken main leaked onto a Citizens Energy steam line, causing the steam to force its way out of several manholes on Ohio Street, Holsapple said. The area has been blocked off so Citizens’ crews can fix the water main.
Citizens Energy Group is responding to a water main break downtown on Ohio Street from Meridian Street to Illinois Street.
Brad Morris, a firefighter for Indianapolis, says that the cause of the water main breaks is likely due to the aging infrastructure as the main was built in 1904.