The Mayor of Rock Falls says that a pump failed at a lift station and while sewage was coming in to the lift station there was no way to pump it out.
He says there has been no sewage in the ground, no contamination, but as crews work to fix this, Rock Falls residents should not use water if they have any at all. That means no drinking, showering, laundry or restrooms.
"At this point were asking all citizens of Rock Falls not to flush your toilets," Mayor Williams Scott said. "The water had to be turned off to stop the row of sewage water to the sanitation plant on 12th Avenue."
He says the goal is to ensure that as city, county and state crews work to clear out the system, residents don't add to it.
While many have come to Sterling businesses, the city is working on setting up free water stations and port a potties. Those will be set up at the high school, the middle school, Thome school and the Rock Falls community building.
They're also bringing portable restrooms to Civic Plaza 1 and 2, Transitions Nursing Home and Willowood Health Center. The mayor says he hopes to have those up in the next hour or so.
Meantime crews are hauling sewage from the lift station back to the sanitation plant, and to do that they're using big trucks and closing Avenue G between Rock Falls and Sterling.
No word on how long the fix could take. The mayor says he hopes to have the lift station emptied and be able to give us a good update by the morning of February 14th.