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Thursday, May 12th, 2005 -- 10:59 AM

Those wanting a nice, refreshing glass of water might want to look somewhere other than Neillsville for the next couple days.

Public Works director Dave Flynn tells WCCN that city crews were flushing the mains Wednesday; in the process, they ?stirred up? iron and manganese causing the water to have a brown appearance.

Flynn says the discolored water will probably be around for a day or two, but the water is safe to drink.

Thursday morning on the Mayor?s Office program on Memories 1370 AM, Neillsville Mayor Diane Murphy addressed the situation.

"It caught everyone off guard," Murphy conceded. She said people questioned why they weren't notified, "They've (flushed the lines) before and no one was notified. This was kind of a first-time happening where it backed up more (than expected)."

"I guess all we can say is 'we're sorry it happened'," Murphy added.

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