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Water service restored to Kinderhook residents

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KINDERHOOK, Ill. (WGEM) -

Water service is back on Monday night for the town of Kinderhook, Illinois.

Residents were forced to go without water for nearly 24 hours after a water main break shut off service to the area.

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Rita Merryman runs a daycare out of her home and had 6 kids in her house Monday morning and with no running water, Merryman says it's been a learning experience.

"I mean you can't do anything....dishes, you can't even cook unless you've got spare water, flushing the toilet, and clothes; laundry, and even brushing your teeth. It effects you," said Merryman.

Merryman was just one of the nearly 250 residents in the town of Kinderhook without water Monday morning.

The water was shut off to the entire town at 4:00 Sunday afternoon after a water main break in the area.

So, residents like Merryman had to get creative in order to do even the simplest of tasks like flushing the toilet.

"I've had to pack hot water from our water heater," said Merryman. 

Kinderhook Mayor A.J. Bradshaw says they had to order a part in order to fix the line and get things working again.

"Didn't have the right parts here and no one around the area really carries the heavy duty pipes," said Mayor Bradshaw.

That part did come in early Monday afternoon which helped speed up the process.

"Hopefully after he gets it all tied in we can get 'er opened up and it might take a little bit to build up the pressure but other than that it will get going then," said Mayor Bradshaw.

Residents say after all this, they've learned not to take things like water for granted.

"You really don't think about it and you don't realize how much you do use it till' you go to use it and there is none," said Merryman.

Western Community Unit School District #12 has canceled classes for Monday. According to their web site, classes will be canceled, but evening events are scheduled to go on as planned.

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