Utility Department crews had to contend with three water main breaks in south Evanston overnight.

Department Director Dave Stoneback says the worst break happened on Dodge Avenue just south of Mulford Street, directly under the CTA Yellow Line tracks.

He says the main there broke where it makes a 90 degree turn which resulted in a full flow of water that created a 10-foot void in the street.

That happened about 8:30 p.m. about 45 minutes after the first break was reported at 1722 South Boulevard.

Stoneback says two crews were called out to handle the repairs and managed to fix the leak on South Boulevard by about 3:30 a.m.

Shortly after that another, smaller break was reported across from the Levy Center at 337 Dodge Ave.

Stoneback says crews now are working to repair that problem, and, to do so, turned off water service to the Levy Center about noon.

He says that the first worker on the scene last night make sure that sewers in the area were draining properly and that that the water flow restrictor system in the sewers would let the water level in the streets go down gradually — reducing any chance of basement flooding from sewer backups.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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