Entire Village of Bellaire prepares for planned outage

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The entire village of Bellaire will be without water for 24-hours.

It’s a planned outage, in order to allow ODOT to repair a major slip that has closed Washington Street since March.

If you live in Bellaire, your water will go off Wednesday night at 11:30.

And it will remain off for 24-hours. There will be a boil order for 48 hours after it comes back on.

They want everyone to be clear on this, and to prepare for it.

“We had a landslide back in February in the heavy rain events that we had, and this is an emergency evacuation route for ODOT so they stepped up to the plate and they’re repairing this for us. But these valves are the first phase of it. We have to get that out of the way. They started leaking after the landslide,” Scott Porter, Village Administrator, said.

People are already thinking ahead about how they’ll cope.

“We’ve got big five gallon jugs that we’re filling up. We’ve got a big tub that we’ve got, that we can fill up with water,” said Ben McKenzie, of Bellaire.

Apartment complexes, restaurants and the Salvation Army shelter will have bigger challenges.

“We’re filling up five gallon water buckets that we can use to flush the toilets during that period of time that are there. In addition to that, we are putting bottled water into the refrigerators,” said Major Louis Patrick, Belmont Co Salvation Army

“You don’t realize how much you use your water until you don’t have it. And there’s always a boil order afterwards. So that’s a really big thing, having to boil all the water that you use.”

If you didn’t draw water for yourself, they’ll be giving it away at the fire department. Just BYOB.

And bear in mind, in the end, ODOT will reopen Washington Street which has been closed for three months.

“This is a blessing for the Village. They’re saving us quite a bit of money by doing this. Had we been responsible for this slip and these water valves, that road would’ve maybe never have opened back up,” Porter said.

“We’ll be all right for 24 hours. It shouldn’t be a problem. I mean if they’ve got to fix something, they’ve got to fix it,” said McKenzie.

If there’s a fire, they say the Tanker Task Force will step in.

Fortunately, school is out.

Officials told 7News that there are some teams practicing, but they’ve been made aware of the outage.

Again, the water goes off Wednesday night at 11:30 and stays off for 24-hours.

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