A water main break near Capitol and Sorrento in Detroit provides a steady flow of wasted water and is resulting in ice issues. Neighbors say it has been this way for about a month now.
The break is in the yard of an abandoned house, yet residents of a nearby apartment building have no choice but to walk through the icy mess. "It's getting more people parking around the corner," said Andre Edwards, owner of the apartment building. "You've got people that got brand new cars. They have to park away from the apartment building and not in front of the building because of this."
The wasted, treated water is by all means costly. "That's our money, it's going straight down the drain," said Tommy Chatman.
The water department has been out, but a neighbor claims that they haven't been much help so far. "They sent someone out and all they did was mark the street, put the little orange barrels out," said Annette Miller. "That's not going to stop the water."
In the meantime, mattresses and trash have been dumped into the water, only adding to the problem. FOX 2's Bill Gallagher reports that whoever did it had no intention of trying to stop the leak, it was just someone taking advantage of the situation.
"It makes the neighborhood look real bad ... using it as a dumping area," said Miller. "The water was still running when they did that."
A spokesman for the water department says a crew will evaluate the break.
Click on the video to watch Bill Gallagher's report on the water main break.
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