Neighborhood battles icy situation

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Bitterly cold temperatures can sometimes cause water main breaks in the city.  Usually a break is a minor inconvenience, but for one community, a recent break has led to an icy nightmare.

Three weeks ago, a water main break on the 1200 block of Maxine Drive, which is near Foster Park, caused an ice-covered mess for residents of the street.  NewsChannel 15 photojournalist Maverick Atteberry talked with neighbors Wednesday night about the constant struggle of the watery issue.  Slippery streets and frequent trapped vehicles have been some of the trials the residents have faced.

Maxine Drive resident Hannah Benjamin wrote to a local newspaper about the issue.  A plow truck driver saw the story and decided to help out, she said.  However, within 24 hours of plowing the street clean, the flowing water from the still-broken main brought back the high levels of ice.

Residents measured the deepest part of a winding crack in the ice on Maxine Drive Wednesday night and discovered the layers of ice, water, slush, and snow were 11 inches deep.  Residents have made numerous calls to 3-1-1 and the city about the issue, but as of Wednesday, the main had yet to be fixed.

Fortunately, the members of the neighborhood have taken matters into their own hands.  Many have helped their fellow neighbor’s vehicles when stuck in the icy mess, and even pushed out a few random drivers just passing through.  Some have tried shoveling out the ice, while others have tried to get reflective cones and barrels placed on the street as a warning to drivers.


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