(12/26/13) - A boil water advisory had been in effect for the Beecher area in Genesee County's Mt. Morris Township since Monday, Dec. 23. The advisory has now been lifted.
Kevin Forbes, superintendent with the Beecher Metropolitan District, said they were dealing with numerous water main breaks following an early morning fire on West Juliah.
"The fire department responded," Forbes said. "From them hooking up to our system, they caused some water hammer which caused catastrophic main breaks for us."
At least six water main breaks, according to Forbes.
"We were losing so much water all at once, it drastically drained our water towers down to a very low level."
Forbes said they serve about 10,000 people in the area - water customers who will need to bring water used for drinking and eating to a boil before consumption. That will kill the bacteria, if there is any.
Forbes said they hoped to give the all clear within two days, but it could take longer.
"Didn't know about that," said resident Jerry Childers.
He was out riding around on his snowmobile, checking out the fire damage.
Neighbor Terry Andrews said he had just laid down to go to bed when someone starting banging on his door.
"She's yelling, 'FIRE FIRE FIRE.' I thought she meant my house so it freaked me out," he said. "The back half was just blazing. The fire department showed up, they kicked in the front door and the fire flashed forward."
Andrews said the power was out at the home and the man who lives there was not home.
No word yet on what caused the fire.
ABC12 Main Station