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Stocking up on bottled water after major water main break

Wegmans and Tops supermarkets in the Northtowns and other areas affected by a major water main break have been packed with people eager to stock up on bottled water since Wednesday night. The water line was repaired by Thursday morning and water service has been restored, but Erie County officials said people in the affected areas will likely need to boil water "for the next two to three days until the safety of the water quality is confirmed." Areas affected are:  The Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Lancaster, Newstead and the Villages of Williamsville, Lancaster and Depew.

“All of our stores have been extremely busy with customers buying water literally since last night and through the night,” said Michele Mehaffy, Buffalo consumer affairs manager for Wegmans supermarkets Thursday morning. “We’re doing our best to keep our shelves stocked.”






Barbara Troutman, who was buying water at the Wegmans on Maple Road in Amherst, said she never drinks her home water and always has 15 bottled cases on hand.

"I just don't feel it's safe to drink our water," said Troutman.



Sarah Walsh of Amherst was loading up on water - and other items - Thursday morning at the Tops Markets at Maple Road and North Bailey Avenue.

Not only did Walsh buy three jugs of water; she picked up ice, disposable plates and utensils, as well as prepackaged meals. Having three children and no running water for possibly several days meant taking action.

"I'm a nurse, so 'Be Prepared' is my motto," she said.


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