Broken water line in Cleveland keeps leaking weeks after it was first reported

What’s up with that?

Broken water line in Cleveland keeps leaking weeks after it was first reported
Water leak continues weeks after it is reported to Cleveland Water Department.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A leak in what appears to be a broken valve has been gurgling gallon after gallon of water for weeks now.

It is in front of the home of Dale Layne, who says he and his father-in-law have both reported it to the Cleveland Water Department, and nothing has been done.

Layne says he saw how the leak began

“They had this thing down there and they were twisting it you know, so there’s something down in there and they got it flowing,” Layne said.

And flow it has.

Broken water line in Cleveland keeps leaking weeks after it was first reported

Cleveland 19 spoke to Layne last Friday when he estimated that the water had been flowing for about 3 weeks.

We contacted the water department on Friday and were told other projects, like those where people were cut off from water, were higher priorities and that someone would be out to check it.

We checked it yesterday: No change.

The crater created around the valve lead is eroding the pavement and it has gotten a lot bigger since Friday. It is throwing out big chunks of asphalt.

Luckily, the water is running as fast as it is. That’s stopping it from freezing except along the edges. Clearly, ice is beginning to form.

It’s cold, and let’s face it, this is January in Cleveland. It’s not going to get better by itself.

Cleveland Water responded that since no customers have been cut from service, it is not a top priority. A spokesman promised to have crews go back out and check on the ice formation which could make the problem a higher priority.

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