UPDATE, 5 p.m.
City officials anticipate all DeLand water customers will have their water restored by 6 p.m. tonight, Aug. 26
Anyone who experienced a lapse in water service is recommended to boil their water for 48 hours before drinking.
The Stetson Baptist water distribution site will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight.
UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.:
The City of DeLand will give away free water today at Stetson Baptist Church, 1025 W. Minnesota Ave., beginning at 2 p.m.
City spokesman Chris Graham said there is no longer an estimate for when water will be restored, but the city hopes to provide an update around 4 p.m.
“Whenever water is restored,” Graham said, “residents will need to boil their water.”
Nearly 1,000 DeLand residents are without water after a valve on Shady Oak Lane in DeLand burst yesterday, Aug. 25, due to nearby construction, according to a City of DeLand news release. City employees are actively fighting the leak and hope to restore water to affected residents later today.
Neighborhoods impacted by the leak include “Glenwood Springs, Hunters Creek Apartments, Oakridge Condos, both Cascades and the Cross Creek subdivision,” according to a Facebook post from the City of DeLand.
The City hopes to restore water to the affected residents by noon today, Aug. 26. Video posted by the City of DeLand on social media this morning showed water continuing to gush from the Shady Oak Lane valve.
“We’re on Plan C at the moment and we are utilizing any and all means necessary to get [the line] stopped and water service restored,” City officials said in a Facebook post this morning. “The thunderstorm last night did not help matters as we had to drain the hole our crews have dug up where we hope to isolate the break.”
This is a developing story, and we will update this page with additional information as it becomes available.