UPDATE @ 8:15 PM: Water should be back on for most residents on Rockford's west side. A ruptured water main by the city's Stanley Street water station caused thousands to be without water for a few hours tonight. The valves have been shut off where the break was, and pressure has been returned almost to normal for those who lost water. Water will continue to be shut off for the immediate area around the water main break, and a boil order will be issued for those in that area. Crews with the Rockford's Public Works Department will go to each house in that area to inform them of the situation.
Repair crews will continue to work throughout the night to fix the break in the line. Rockford DPW says the break occured along one of the oldest parts of the city's water system.
The water main rupture occured around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stanley Street water station. The city has blocked off Tay Street down to Stanley.
Residents on Rockford's Westside, as well as those in the Brown Hills neighborhood are all affected.
Once water is restored, the Public Works Department could issue a boil order.
We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.