Water flowing again in Allen County Jail


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A water main break in downtown Fort Wayne disrupted the water supply inside the Allen County Jail.

Early Monday, a 24-inch water main burst along South Clinton Street just south of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, near Headwaters Park. The break – moreso the repair work – snarled traffic along the busy corridor throughout Monday.

The break also impacted operations at the nearby jail and lockup center.

Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Stone told NewsChannel 15 on Monday that two water mains service the jail and some of the showers and toilets being fed by the main that broke did not have water. The affected toilets had to be manually flushed.

Stone said just before 11 a.m. Tuesday that the water problem at the jail had been resolved.

During the outage, inmates had drinking water because the jail had water coolers in each block.

Officials were contact with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health to verify the operations at the jail were in line.

Repairs to the water main were expected to continue into Tuesday, according to City Utilities. Frank Suarez with the city said a replacement part allowed water to flow again.

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