UPDATE 4/12/13 3:55 PM: Akron water department workers are looking at a water main break that flooded part of a West Akron neighborhood last night.
Akron city service director John Moore says that they're examining the burst main to see how extensive the damage is.
"The main has been secured," Moore tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and we're in the process of pulling dirt away from the break so we can see exactly what's going on in the hole."
Moore says the pipe to repair the main is being ordered from Chicago, and it should be in Akron late Friday or early Saturday. Water has been routed around the broken section since Thursday night.
Moore says the boil water alert for Akron water customers Copley and Fairlawn will be in effect at least through Saturday evening, with water sample testing taking place through then.
He says the water line is a transmission line that generally doesn't serve local customers near the line, but feeds Akron water customers in the Copley/Fairlawn area.
The American Red Cross' local chapter says it will keep its emergency shelter for residents affected by the water main break into the weekend.
Though one family got the OK to return home, two other families in the Valley Street area are awaiting the "all clear" to return home.
(Earlier ANN coverage) A busted water main pumped enough water to turn one West Akron neighborhood into a small lake on Thursday night.
Akron Fire Captain Michael Scott likened the inundation to a flash flood.
(Earlier ANN coverage) Akron police are asking motorists to avoid the area of West North Street near West Market Street due to a broken water main.
Police dispatchers tell AkronNewsNow that water has been "just flowing downhill" due to the water main break.
Swift water rescue teams were called to the scene, and people have been stuck in their cars or on porches of homes.
Cars have been unable to get down Valley Street due to the water levels.