Broken water main turns west Detroit intersection into river

Detroit is no stranger to water problems and on Wednesday, it was an entirely different problem: a broken main and neighbors say it's just another band-aid on Detroit's much larger issue.

City crews spent Wednesday cleaning up the area of Grand River and Livernois after the water burst on Detroit's west side. At one point, Livernois was completely under water as well as several businesses. Ernest Jones has lived in the area for years and says this is a first.

"I've been living around here for many years and I've never seen Grand River and Livernois do something like this," Jones said.

The 16-inch water main broke Wednesday morning, turning the intersection into less of a roadway and more of a moving river. Despite the burst, neighbors and businesses did not lose water, officials say. However, crews were there to stop the leak and fix the break, which they're saying was caused by pressure changes.

Johnnie Grissom lives nearby as well, he said it's time to do something.

"This is crazy. This time of year and water mains breaking? We need old pipe and old stuff to be fixed and we need the mayor to step up," Grissom said.

Workers at the Shell station spent time trying to open up the sewers to help alleviate the problem.

A spokesperson for Mayor Mike Duggan's office said that it's incidents like this one that made the mayor "push for the creation of the water authority. And when the Great Lakes water authority is fully established in July, the city will have between $500 and $800 million it can access to make infrastructure improvements. "

Until then, this problem persists.

The city said the fix is set to be complete by Wednesday evening.
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