“My brain didn’t put it together, but all the streets were melted, but this one was just ‘ice city,’” Malone said.
A chilly weekend that saw an overnight snow created the mess – a combination of a busted water main and mother nature.
“The water continued to leak and is coming through the pavement. So the game plan right now, we just huddled with our contractor, we’re going to re-excavate that location. We’re going to put a pump in there to pump the water out instead of letting it surface,” Rudolph Chow, the director for the city’s Department of Public Works, said.
Chow says a break to a 30” x 40” joint has been leaking for weeks on the corner of Lombard and Washington Streets and it’s formed a sheet of ice.
“We thought we had sufficient time and the parts having four to six weeks lead time. Of course, this extreme weather has settled on us unexpectedly and is hanging around for a couple of weeks now and it doesn’t appear to be letting up,” Chow said.