By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
The water main break on Burgess Street, on Flint's north end, looked more like a geyser.
Water bubbled up from the middle of the street and residents turned to TV5 crying out for help.
Help, they say, they've been asking for since January.
"You're not top priority in this area, that's what we were told," Rose Echols told TV5 Monday night.
On Monday, the problem residents in this neighborhood were already dealing with got worse. Two cars had to be towed out after being stuck in a sinkhole caused by the water main break. But less than 12 hours after the TV5 story aired, on Tuesday, there's a different story to tell.
"Oh, they were here, I guess, 8 or 9 o'clock this morning," said Echols.
The break on Burgess Street is fixed. The barriers are gone and the road is back open. All that's left is the gravel bandage covering the wound.
"It shouldn't of took all this. They should have just took our word for it in the first place. And I kept going down there, and I kept video documentation. Water department didn't want to look at it, wasn't their concern because we weren't top priority," said Echols.
Residents are mad the city didn't act sooner, but are grateful they reached out for TV5's help.
"Sometimes that's what it takes. Put a person on blast to make sure things happen, you have to," said Angela Tornes, who lives on Burgess Street. "It's been like that for quite a while. I'm glad it's fixed, and thank you."
"Good feeling, and I appreciate your help," said Echols.
TV5 still hasn't heard back from the city about why the problem was allowed to go on for so long, but we do know they got the message loud and clear.
Water main breaks are real problem in the city.
Last week, Flint's Emergency Manager Darnell Earley told TV5 that the cash strapped city is doing the best it can to repair the problems with a small and overworked staff.
To see TV5's Asking Tough Questions segment from Monday night, CLICK HERE.
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