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A large water main break in the City of Tonawanda drastically reduced water pressure throughout the city Friday evening, resulting in the city fire department calling in a backup water tanker from the nearby Sanborn fire department in the event of an emergency, city fire officials said.

The water main break, at Main and Niagara streets, occurred at about 6:55 p.m., City of Tonawanda fire officials said.

The section where the rupture occurred was cordoned off to the public for safety, the fire spokesman said.

Water to the entire downtown city area was shut down, Tonawanda fire officials said shortly before 9 p.m. Erie County water crews were on the scene for hours working to remedy the problem. It was unclear what caused the rupture to the water line.

The break proved an inconvenience for those attending Canal Fest, which is celebrated by Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. The festival started Sunday and runs through this Sunday.