TESCOTT, Kan. (WIBW) -- Tuesday night's storm took down several power lines in Ottawa County, at one point knocking out power to more than 1,400 of the county's 1,710 Westar Energy customers.
The power outage caused a loss of pressure to the city of Tescott's water system. As of Wednesday morning, the city was placed under a boil water advisory by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Bottled water is being provided to the local community.
There were still 1,021 Westar customers without power as of 9:30 a.m.
Effective once service is restored, customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
· Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
· Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
· Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
· Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
· If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
The system and/or KDHE will notify 13 News when the boil water advisory has been rescinded. For more information, contact the city of Tescott, 785-283-4337.