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MEDINA, Ohio – UPDATE: At around 5:30 p.m., Avon posted on the city website that the city was at a “critical point” in the water use and residents should discontinue any water use until further notice.

Avon’s mayor’s office told NewsChannel5 that the city could run out of water by tonight.

The polar vortex has moved out of town, but it left behind a major water problem for thousands of Northeast Ohio residents.

Last night, water intakes in Lake Erie were frozen over, causing a partial blockage for Avon Lake Municipal Utilities.

“It has reduced the capacity that we can pull from the lake at this time, and therefore, reducing the amount of water that we can then send out to our customers,” said Todd Danielson, chief utilities executive.

Danielson said people in Medina, Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake, North Ridgeville, and parts of rural Lorain County are being asked to conserve water.

Water should only be used for important uses such as drinking, cooking, personal washing, and flushing of toilets.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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