VIDEO: Water main break, rising water strands drivers, floods southwest Detroit neighborhood
7:44 AM, Feb 11, 2014
6:32 PM, Feb 11, 2014
DETROIT (WXYZ) - A massive water main break on Detroit's southwest side flooded multiple blocks and stranded drivers, including two police officers.
Detroit Water Department officials are saying this latest water main break could take two days to fix.
It is a 30-inch transmission line which means it feeds customers in southwest Detroit but also wholesale customers beyond the city system.
Some residents haven't been able to live their homes after the fast rising water turned the roadway into a river.
"We are not able to go anywhere. We have to stay inside because it's very dangerous." said Alma Lozano.
Barron Warren was one of the drivers that found themselves trapped in the icy water. "I opened the door and water was coming in my car." said Warren. "I just did get out of that car with my life. It was something else. I was scared to death."
City crews have been working on the water main since 6 a.m.
The valves have now been closed and work crews will clear the area for repairs by pumping the street and removing any stranded vehicles. Most streets should reopen this evening.
The punishing winter is hammering the Detroit Water Department with hundreds more water main breaks than a so-called normal winter.
All city crews are working around the clock and officials say they've hired two contractors with five crews each to keep up.
Such breaks have been common in Detroit amid the persistent cold. On Friday, street flooding caused by a water main break on the city's east side left several vehicles stuck in water and ice, prompting a rescue by police officers on construction equipment.