Challenging water main break for City of Tulsa crew

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 1/28 6:33 pm Published: 1/28 6:26 pm

Crews have been out since early morning working to fix a water line break. Unlike many breaks we've seen in the last few weeks, there's ice that's built up on the ground from all the leaking water. 

It's making jobs harder for the crews and also students at the nearby Tulsa Tech Campus. 

Fox 23 spoke with Stacy Folsom. 

She told us, “Everything's  freezing!  Everything's freezing and not all the buildings here on campus have water."

Folsom had to come in early today for class. Her trip took longer because of the slushy street by campus.

But she's not the only one who drove into traffic.

Chantene Morris, another student, said traffic was backed up all the way to 21st Street. Morris found a shortcut around campus but says it's still an inconvenience.

Other less fortunate students made it to class and found out there was no water.

The water was being drained so crews could make repairs.

Water distribution manger, Blaine Parnell recommended commuters avoid 33rd and Memorial Street, and 31st, Street north and southbound today.

Parnell says at times they will block off the entire southbound side of traffic. Crews faced setbacks when the water leak turned to a miniature glacier.

Parnell added, when you have a water leak or break the water or ice keeps building.

They had to clear that before they even reached the running pipe.

He suspects cars will only be able to move through the area single file for the much of the evening.

Crews told Fox23 that even when the water line is repaired it will be a few more days before drivers can use both lanes because they're going to have to repair the road as well.

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