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Weather hinders water main repairs Monday night

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Bay City leaders put out an all-call to residents and business owners as they searched for the water main break.

"Ran some water, bought some water, started conserving on everything we use. I drank a little less," said Bay City resident Marilyn Gallagher.

Bay City City Manager Richard Finn said residents did a great job cooperating with the city to reduce water usage and also in helping to find the leak.

Around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon a call to the city from a private property owner about standing water near the corner of Water and Trumbull Streets was the best tip yet.

And on Monday night, city officials believe they've found the source of the problem.

"I was starting to get really nervous this morning when they said they didn't know where it was. So when I heard that, I was like, oh good, relief in sight," said Gallagher.

Repair work was postponed because of the rainfall the area received on Monday night.  The Bay City Public Works Department found a busted 24 inch water main.  The treated water was running off into the Saginaw River, ultimately hiding the break for the past three days.  Crews have shut off water and diverted it past the damaged pipe until they can do the repairs.

"That break has been there for two or three years, and they knew about it. But apparently it wasn't bad enough to fix it is how they looked at it. But maybe if they would have fixed it, maybe we wouldn't be going through this," said Bill Young, owner of Hooligan's Bar and Grill just down the road from the break.

Young said he's reported water main problems to the city before, but city officials say there's no way to confirm it is the same issue.

"Not fixing something when it's broke I think is a major problem, and ignoring the fact that you have a problem isn't going to fix it," said Young.

Crews will be back at the site on Tuesday morning to do the necessary repairs if the weather warrants.  They then hope to determine if the water emergency can be lifted.

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