A water main break in Baltimore’s upper Fells Point has created an unusual and dangerous situation as streets and cars become encased in a growing layer of ice.
On one side of E. Lombard Street, it’s business as usual, but the other side of the street is like a scene out of “Frozen.” And as the water continues to flow, the ice continues to grow.
A representative for the city’s Department of Public Works told WJZ that they received a report of the break two days ago. However, water in the area has not been turned off, nor has there been water loss. The department of Public Works tells WJZ they have been triaging water main breaks and treating them on a case-by-case basis.
The steady flow of water starts on E. Lombard Street and shows no signs of slowing down. In the meantime, frigid temperatures continue to contribute to the growing problem.
Locals say the leak has been a burden for weeks. But one man interviewed by reporters was shocked.
“I’m from upstate New York, up in Syracuse, so I’m used to the cold and seeing a lot of snow and things, but this is a first for me,” resident Lee Jokl said.
Cars have been buried and are unable to be driven in that section of town.
While speaking with a news crew, one resident, Joanne Weitzel, actually fell on the ice she had managed to pry off of her car.
She wasn’t hurt, but she made a point of noting that the situation is a hazard to everyone who lives and works in the area.
“This is a snow emergency route, to begin with. The ambulances come down this way. There’s going to be an accident,” Weitzel pointed out.
The city has put up traffic barrels, which reports say are serving as more of an obstacle than a deterrent.
A Department of Public Works crew salted the road Monday night, but one employee noted that the road is actually too frozen for the salt to do any good. Add that to the fact that the water is still flowing, and the ice is still growing.
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