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Longview water crews will flush water mains throughout most lowland portions of the city on Friday.

Flushing usually takes place at night, but this time the work will take place from 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Advisory signs will be posted in the flushing areas, according to a city press release.

Flushing the lines keeps rust, sediment and chemicals from building up inside water mains. Residents in the affected areas should refrain from using water while flushing is taking place to avoid absorbing debris into their plumbing systems and appliances.  After the flush ends, residents should run water in a bathtub or outside briefly before consuming or using water.

Here are the affected areas:

• The St. Helens and Highlands neighborhoods, which are bordered by Industrial Way, Oregon Way, Nichols Boulevard and Washington Way

• The Olympic Addition area, bordered by 33rd Avenue, Nichols Boulevard, Ocean Beach Highway and Washington Way

• The Broadway, Downtown and south commercial/industrial areas, bordered by 15th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway, and the Cowlitz River, California Way and Baltimore St.

• The Old and New West Side neighborhoods, bordered by 15th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway and Lake Sacajawea.

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