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Cold leads to water main break in Flint

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(01/24/14) - The prolonged cold snap is causing water mains to break and ice to form on Mid-Michigan roads. It's not unusual to see water main breaks in this kind of weather.

We'll probably have more of them, given the age of the water systems in many Mid-Michigan communities.

One water main began leaking, Thursday, on Crestbrook Street on the southwest side of Flint. A couple of residents called the Flint Water Department, but they were told there were no crews available to work on the water main.

A different problem has developed on Tahquamenon Drive in Flushing Township. The sump pumps of several homes drain directly into the street. But because of the prolonged cold snap, the water doesn't have time to drain before it freezes solid.

The rapidly forming ice piles up and makes it difficult for some residents to use their driveways.
There are portions of the street that are rough to travel on because of the ice build up, and some homeowners have to leave mounds of salt near their sump pump outlets to keep them free of ice.

Residents say it's been happening every winter for several years.

"This road I live on is just a total mess. Everybody pumps their sump pump into it. The township supervisor has been contacted for the last two years he's been in office and the other people in office before that. They don't seem to want to deal with the problem. It is a nuisance for anybody who drives down here. People have lost tie rod ends on this road," said John Pekala, of Flushing Township.

"If it freezes and that pipe is totally covered, water's not draining anywhere. There is nowhere for it to go at all. So it just keeps backing up in the sump. And the sump pump keeps pumping. It doesn't pump anything out," said Carolyn Sisco, also of Flushing Township.

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