A large portion of Broward County has been placed under a precautionary boil water order.

The order, which affects Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach and parts of Coconut Creek, comes after a lightning strike hit a water treatment plant, cutting off the water to scores of homes and businesses.

A day before the grand opening, a Pompano pizza place is facing a grand problem.

“Pretty much kinda like a hurricane day,” said Lulu Lavena.

That’s how Anne Marie’s Pizza and Wine is operating for now, like the water supply may have been compromised.

“Doing take out and deliveries, limited dine-ins and not using any water at all,” Lavena said.

That’s because her business is in an area now under a boil water advisory after what happened Tuesday night.

A Broward County water pumping station in Pompano Beach got hit by lightning, leaving thousands of homes and businesses with low water pressure or no water at all.

“I didn’t have any water to bring to bed, I was very thirsty. I like to stay hydrated,” said Lighthouse Point resident Casey.

The problem has since been fixed, but in the wake of the repair, a boil water order is in place as a precaution for parts of Lighthouse Pointe, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek and Deerfield Beach.

If you live within the area outlined on the map below and get your water from Broward County or Coconut Creek, the boil water advisory applies to you.


Water should be at a rolling boil for at least a minute before it’s used for tooth brushing, drinking or cooking, which creates a challenge for area restaurants.

But the folks at Anne Marie’s Pizza and Wine said they are finding ways to work around the temporary water woes.

“We’re a brand new restaurant out here in Pompano, and we want to show the community that we are here for them as well, so we are taking all of the precautionary methods needed and possible,” Lavena said.

Broward County said the boil water advisory will remain in effect until test results show that the water is safe to use.

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