Broken water main left running for 2 years in Detroit neighborhood

- Neighbors say a water main on the west side of Detroit has been broken for almost two years. Brad White III says since the fall of 2014 he and his neighbors on Rosemont in Detroit have had to deal with it.

"The water has been running for the longest," White said.

White says as water gushes out and spills onto the street, the frigid temperatures have created a sheet of ice.

"The city came out last week and actually put salt all over the place but it didn't help," White said.

The concerned resident says he started calling the city in 2014, but those calls for help have brought little relief.

"We've called the city several times," White said. "They came out, did the work, but it didn't solve problem at all."

This neighbor says he's also fed up and does his best to avoid the corner of Capitol and Rosemont.

"I don't even come this way because of the issue," said neighbor Winston Warren. "When I drive up, I drive up Wadsworth just to avoid it."

Frustrated, White says he decided to call Fox 2 for help.

"I shouldn't have to call the news," he said. "Just for a problem like this to get fixed."

After hearing White's story, FOX 2 contacted the city and crews were sent out.

In a statement, city officials say:

"We will investigate this issue and get back with the resident.  In the meantime, a crew was dispatched to investigate and ensure the area is safe until the full extent of the repair needs are known."

Theses neighbors say they hope the situation will be resolved soon

"Something has to change," Warren said. "Bills are still high, we're paying money. We should get great service."

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