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Pressure restored after motorist crashes into hydrant in Opelousas

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UPDATE: Residents in Opelousas should now have full water pressure according to city officials. 

A check valve was put in place to stop the water. There are several businesses still without water at this time. The Food Stamp office, Wendy's restaurant, and Don's Car Care and gas stations in the area are without water. All are on Creswell Lane in the city. 

Once water is restored to those businesses, they will be placed under a boil water advisory. No other locations will be under that boil water advisory. 

Housing units behind the area where the hydrant was hit all have usable water. 

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The main water tower in Opelousas has been shut off after a vehicle ran into a hydrant in the city. 

City officials say the incident happened at 6:30 a.m. along Creswell Lane. The hydrant that was struck was connected to a main water line. As the water gushed from the hydrant, the water pressure lowered significantly. 

The City Officials say they are shutting down the main water tower to fix that line and will be installing a shut off valve. The Mayor's Office say that residents should conserve water for the next three hours as crews work to fix the main line. 

Police say the driver who struck the hydrant fled the scene. If anyone knows anything about the incident and the vehicle involved please call Opelousas PD.

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