Bitter cold causes 75 water main breaks in Detroit, snarls traffic, inconveniences residents

January 27, 2022, 6:53 AM

The lowest temperatures of the year are causing some local water mains to fracture in the cold, as many as 75 in the city of Detroit. One poured onto westbound I-94 in the central city.

Traffic backs up on I-94 (Photo: WDIV video)

WDIV Detroit reports:

Traffic has been stopped along westbound I-94 while work crews shut off the water main that sprung a leak, sending water gushing down the freeway.

A couple of weeks before that, on Harper Avenue and Chalmers Street, another massive water main broke, flooding the streets.

Another incident happened on Wyoming and Schoolcraft where a fire hydrant was taken out of commission, freezing the side of the road and shutting the street, southbound Wyoming to one lane.

The city's infrastructure is more vulnerable to severe cold because of its age. 

City workers brought cases of bottled water to residents whose service was interrupted. 

Read more:  WDIV Detroit

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