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Boil water advisory forces some New Albany restaurants to close Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - About 15,000 customers are still under a boil water advisory Sunday night in southern Indiana following a large water main break. 

The boil water advisory has been lifted for most of Clarksville and Jeffersonville, but in New Albany, it's still in effect. 

"It's been a little hectic," said Scott Williams, the kitchen supervisor at Big Four Burgers and Beer. 

He says the restaurant had to make a few changes this weekend. In order to stay open, employees stocked up on bottled water, bottled soda and bags of ice. 

"Since we are fairly new in this area, we wanted people to know that we are here to serve them," Williams said. 

Others were forced to close, and some took food and certain drinks off the menu.

"We are just selling beer," said Lhia Harding, a server at Fieldhaus in New Albany. 

It's the result of a 36-inch water main break that happened in Jeffersonville Saturday and affected more than 30,000 customers.  

Officials with Indiana American Water have since lifted the boil water advisory for Clarksville and most of Jeffersonville, but for customers in New Albany and customers of Floyds Knobs Water, it's still in effect. 

"They are downstream of the break so because of that, we could not do the sampling until we were able to complete the repairs, refill the main, flush, do all those things," said Bill Reedy, an operations manager with Indiana American Water. 

We're told the main was placed back into service early Sunday morning and crews may now know why it broke. 

"It appears that ... there was some utility construction in the area that had an affect on it ... and perhaps caused the failure of the main," Reedy said. 

About 15,000 customers will still be boiling their water into Monday, and in the meantime, these New Albany restaurants are anxious for businesses to get back to normal. 

"Not having running water, not being able to use running water ... it can be challenging," Williams said. 

Officials say they hope to lift the boil water advisory by noon on Monday. 

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Boil water advisory lifted for Jeffersonville and Clarksville

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