City of Tulsa repairing water line breaks

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/03 5:47 pm Published: 2/03 4:54 pm

City of Tulsa workers took advantage of the above freezing temperatures Monday to fix broken water lines.

The water on the street from those leaks and repairs have neighbors worried the water line leaking into the roadway could cause problems on Tuesday morning.

“It’s a mess, a big mess,” said Brian Gray. He lives around the corner from the break, near 21st and Memorial.

He said the roads were already bad when he left for work Monday morning.

“You could definitely tell it was icy because when you first started your tires were spinning pretty good,” he said.

He doesn't want the break making matters worse.

“Practice having an awareness of water on the street during this time of year,” said Blaine Parnell with Tulsa Public Works.

Because FOX23 learned the city is backlogged, working just to catch up to the latest leak.

“We tried to get to it last Friday, but here it is Monday and we're on it this morning,” said Parnell.

And Parnell said the cold weather makes the repairs go slower. So people like Gray will have a little longer to wait.

Gray is worried about black ice. “Myself, I think I’m pretty good at it but you know other people may not be so educated on it,” he said.

But a good rule of thumb is if it looks wet, slow down. It could be water but it could also be black ice.

City crews said even if it does snow overnight, they'll be working around the clock to repair any broken water lines that could potentially be dangerous for drivers.

The city said none of the businesses off Memorial had water shut off because of Monday’s leak.

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