Water main break gushes; residents call for help - WNEM TV 5

Water main break gushes; residents call for help

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Water was bubbling up from the middle of Burgess Street on Monday night. Residents in the north end Flint neighborhood watched all day as the hole in the road got bigger and precious water flowed down the drain.

"You see some kids down there. They need to get some fishing poles and throw them down one of the holes and try to catch some fish," said Flint resident Andre Sattiewhite.

Residents say they can't help but poke fun at this serious problem, a problem they say isn't being addressed by the city.

"You're not top priority in this area. That's what we were told," said Rose Echols, who lives near the break. 

Echols said she made her first call to the city in January when the water main sprung a leak.  Nothing was done. Then on Monday, just down the road, water gushes gallons a minute from what appears to be a new break.

On Monday, she captured video of two vehicles that had to be towed from the sinkhole created by the running waters, video she took downtown to show city officials how bad the problem had become. She said they had no interest in viewing it.

"They sent somebody out, and they stuck this barrier out here and left it like that," said Echols.

Residents are sitting and waiting for some type of resolution.

"This is supposed to be Flint, and we're supposed to be rebuilding the city. Is this a good example of it? And I'm going to leave the conversation alone on that," said Sattiewhite.

TV5 is trying to figure out exactly what is going on and on Monday talked to city spokesperson Jason Lorenz, hoping to get some answers. He said he's looking into it, and he reached out to the head of the Department of Public Works for specifics.

But at this time, he hasn't receive those specifics.

TV5 will continue to follow this story.

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