Water main break disrupts service to Corvallis, OSU campus

Water main break disrupts service to Corvallis, OSU campus
The water main break flooded downtown streets and knocked out service to homes, businesses and the Oregon State campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A water main break downtown knocked out service to the Oregon State campus and parts of Corvallis, causing low and even no water pressure in homes and residence halls just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The campus-wide water outage also means no heat for the Oregon State campus, which relies on steam to warm buildings, according to Oregon State Housing.

"Extensive areas of the community are experiencing water pressure issues as a result of the break," according to Mary Steckel, public works director for the City of Corvallis. "Crews are actively working to isolate the area surrounding the break with the goal of restoring water pressure to affected areas as soon as possible."

OSU Housing was updating the campus via Twitter about the need to conserve water. Housing also said dining halls would be open with pre-made food.

The break flooded 5th Street and Harrison Boulevard near the downtown fire station.

Around 5 p.m., the city reported that crews had isolated the water main break area and water pressure would start returning to normal levels throughout the community. Properties in the area of 5th Street from Monroe to Tyler will continue to experience low to no water pressure until the main is repaired, the city said.