Updated: February 4, 2014 1:03PM
CROWN POINT — At about 8:30 a.m. Jan. 28, city employees answered the call for a broken water main on East Greenwood Avenue, outside of the Greenwood Springs subdivision.
The water was gushing onto the city street, going from curb to curb and then fast-freezing.
Crews were out digging up the street to be able to get to the water main. It was at the same point where, a number of years ago, the north loop and south loop of water lines from the water towers was established. Previously all water from the south end of the city had all come from the north water tower, at the SportsPlex. When the south tower was put in by the high school the loop was changed to help with the city’s water pressure.
At about 10:45 a.m. the working crews had to shut off the water. They went around from door to door telling the residents that they were turning the water off and that it might be off for one to two hours while they repaired the ruptured water main. By 12:12 p.m. the water was back on.
They spent another half hour closing the hole that they had to dig and cleaning up the street from all the ice. City trucks came and a front end loader filled them over and over with the ice and broken paving material. In just four hours they moved on to other emergencies.
The workers included Terry Ciciora, Jeff Knesek, Clint Schreiber, Jason Scott and Mike Carden, crew leader. According Carden, their boss came by to bring them coffee.
While they were working on that water main break on Greenwood others were also working on an old sanitary sewer that runs down an ally just north of the World War II tank memborial and east of Speedway gas station.
The sewer had collapsed and caused back-up into homes that back up to that alley.
The situation was declared an emergency at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Jan. 29.
Olson said, “This sewer line was put over the old Beazor drain. It runs down the alley going east and west across from the gas station.”