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ANNA (CBSDFW.COM) - Water has been restored in Anna but residents remain under a boil order until further notice.

Residents were without water for several hours Wednesday night after crews who were working to move utility lines struck a 12 inch water main.

The entire water system, which provides water to more than 9,000 residents was drained after the rupture.

Crews worked overnight to repair the break and water was restored to residents by noon, but city officials said while it was safe to use to shower in and flush toilets, it was not safe for consumption.

For Michelle Machaka, who has 6 kids, a day without water is tough. She had to skip bedtime baths for her children.

“Thank God we have lots of wipes because we do have a baby,” she said. “The kids were dirty. It’s the summertime and we had been out and we couldn’t brush teeth. We couldn’t do anything. We had to brush teeth with bottled water.”

Dozens of residents showed up to the nearby Brookshire’s grocery store, where Anna firefighters and volunteers were handing out cases of bottled water.

“I can’t cook and I can’t do laundry and I can’t do the dishes and I can’t flush my toilets, so it’s very bad,” said Anna resident Ellen Bame.

Local restaurants were forced to close their doors for most of the morning, while water was restored.

Firefighters delivered water to home bound residents, hoping no fire calls came in until water was restored.

“If we were to have a fire, we wouldn’t have water in the hydrant,” said Anna Fire Chief Tim Gothard. “So one of our main concerns at the time was notifying to get mutual aid in our neighboring cities with water tankers.”

Fire departments in Collin County were on standby, ready to help in case a fire broke out.

City officials say the boil order will remain in effect until water pressure rises, which could be 24-48 hours.

Outdoor water use is still prohibited.

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