Boil advisory clears shelves in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Within an hour of the boil advisory being posted for the city of Manhattan, the Hy-Vee sold out of it’s gallons of water.

“We had people in buying cartloads of gallons of water,” said store director Marcus Fischer.

But Fischer was prepared with pallets of 24-packs of water on standby. Three pallets were pulled from the back of the store and put out front near the checkout.

As of 9 p.m. Monday, city officials were not certain how long the advisory would last.

Because of that, Fischer knew he may need more. He said he did not want to run out.

“We called our warehouse. We have 20 pallets of gallon water coming tonight,” he said. “We have another truckload of 24-pack water coming tonight as well.”

He said that shipment arrived around 7 p.m. Monday.

The city said around 4 p.m. that they are testing the water for 24 hours and sending the samples to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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