Southwest Detroit water main break repairs continue

Water flooded streets, froze cars in place

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor

DETROIT - Detroit's long winter of water main breaks continues with repair work ongoing in the southwest Detroit neighborhood around McKinkley and Buchanan streets.

A 30-inch major water line broke Tuesday, quickly filling the streets with water.

Baron Warren was briefly trapped in his car by the rising water around him.

"I'm telling you, yesterday I just managed to push the door open to get out with my life. The water was just coming up and I was just praying that I could open the door," Warren said.

Warren made it out of his car safely. The water receded overnight, but his car became virtually stuck in the remaining ice.

"It's still there and everything, but it's just frozen," Warren said.

Tuesday's torrents of water at that intersection slowed to a trickle by Wednesday morning. By early evening, the flowing water had stopped, but the street was torn up by the crews who worked all day to reach the break.

Crew members said they believe they can complete repairing the water main on Thursday, but it may take longer than that to repair the street and allow traffic to return to normal.

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