If you spot a patch of wet pavement while driving in frigid weather, a broken water main may be the culprit. As temperatures plunge, the chance for water main breaks increases, and that can be a hazard for motorists as well as for crews dispatched to make repairs.
Janesville Water Superintendent Katie Karow says drivers who see fresh water bubbling onto the street need to call their local water utility to check it out. She also recommends slowing down if you see workers in the street, since that water can swiftly turn to ice. “A lot of our repairs, just because of these shorter days, have to be done when it’s dark out,” Karow notes. “That can make it hazardous for drivers and for our crews.”
Bob Hague (:55) AUDIO: Bob Hague reports (:55 MP3)
WCLO’s Beth Wheelock contributed audio