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Boil Order Still in Effect in Oslo, Minnesota

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 Slow progress is being made after a major water main break in Oslo, Minnesota. There is no longer a water restriction in place, but residents are still told to boil their water.

Mayor Scott Kosmatka says the health department was in town on Friday taking water samples, and after they get the results back they will determine whether water usage can return to normal. The city expects to find out results by Monday.

On Thursday morning, a water main break leaked about 400,000 gallons of water into the city and flooded the grocery store. Water was completely shut off for several hours.


Oslo's mayor says water is back on for all but one resident and three businesses in town. A boil order is still in effect, meaning people must boil any water before drinking it.



Crews have arrived to Oslo, Minnesota where residents woke up to a major water main break.

A water restriction is still in effect overnight and the city is asking everyone to boil any water before you drink it. They expect water to be restored to the city by Friday. The break left residents without water for the day, except for the thousands of gallons flooding the streets in front of their homes.

Oslo Mayor and Kosmatka's Market Owner Scott Kosmatka says he wasn't even out the door this morning when he knew something was wrong.

"I woke up this morning and hopped in the shower and I noticed there was low water pressure, so I immediately got ready and drove around town to see what was happening," he says. 

He says his truck had a hard time making it through deep water in the streets. As he reached his store to contact the city, he found the location of the break and what it had done to his market.

"Big mess- it was mud and water all over the floor, probably in spots an inch to two inches deep," he says.

The city got the water shut off late this morning, leaving local faucets dry. But in the meantime, an estimated 400,000 gallons flooded the city. The water forced the city to close many of their streets and wait until the crew hired to fix the break could make it from battling the same issue in another city.

"Once he was finished with that he was coming over to take care of us this afternoon…basically it's take your turn," he says.

He says the swinging temperatures and shifting ground are to blame for wreaking havoc on Oslo's aging pipes. The city faced 38 main breaks last year, so resident Clark Klava says he knows to be prepared.

"We got extra water in the house, drinking water and even have jugs filled for anything else," he says.

Residents have been taking it in stride, but the mayor still knows the urgency.

"They're understanding as of yet, but without water people start to get a little irate," says Kosmatka. 



UPDATED 11:20 a.m.

The mayor of Oslo tells us the entire town is now without water. The local grocery store has also been flooded due to the water main break. Crews are busy working to fix the break and mayor Scott Kosmatka says he's not sure when water service will be turned back on. 

Stay with Valley News Live for updates on this developing story.

Original Story

The mayor of Oslo, Minnesota is asking residents to restrict water usage in town.

At around midnight, a major water main right off of Main Street burst.

Mayor Scott Kosmatka tells Valley News Live, they are working to get things shut down, and he is unsure when residents will be able to resume normal water use.


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