People Rescued After Water Main Break

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AKRON, Ohio -- Some Akron residents had to be rescued from their homes Thursday night after a 36" water main break.

The Akron Fire Department said 7-10 people in two homes on North Valley St. were rescued from their patios by boat, including a woman in a wheelchair.

A total of five to seven homes were affected. Two homes were so badly damaged, they are uninhabitable. The sediment and the water collapsed the basement walls. There's a fear those two homes could collapse.

Akron police said they got the first call at 6:15 p.m.

Fire officials said at one point the water was four feet high; but it had significantly receded as of 8 p.m.

The Red Cross was assisting residents.

The area will be shut down until Friday morning.

Because of the water main break, Akron water customers in Fairlawn and Copley were asked to boil their water until further notice as a precaution.

Also, anyone living in west Akron who experienced low pressure around 6 p.m. is asked to boil their water until further notice.

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron canceled classes for Friday because they don't have any water.

(FOX 8's Emily Valdez and Suzanne Stratford contributed to this report.)

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