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Fired up over a fire hydrant

The leaky hydrant created a constant puddle on the Ashburton Avenue. (Source: WOIO) The leaky hydrant created a constant puddle on the Ashburton Avenue. (Source: WOIO)
A work order was put in to fix the hydrant back in June. (Source: WOIO) A work order was put in to fix the hydrant back in June. (Source: WOIO)
Water department says it will have the problem fixed by end of the week. (Source: WOIO) Water department says it will have the problem fixed by end of the week. (Source: WOIO)
Homeowner says she's been dealing with the stinky mess for three months. (Source: WOIO) Homeowner says she's been dealing with the stinky mess for three months. (Source: WOIO)

Evelyn Thomas has been living at her home on Ashburton Avenue for 46 years. She has always taken pride in her East Side home, but a leaky fire hydrant has been making a stinky mess by her driveway for three months. 

"It's an eyesore, look at it. It's awful. Nobody has come out yet," Thomas said. "It just runs right into the hole and it's getting deeper. The bricks are showing."

Thomas said she called the Cleveland Fire Department, the Water Department, and then she finally called 19 Action News. It may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but imagine having to deal with this week, after week, after week. 

"Every Monday I call, every Monday. I get the same thing. 'We have an order in for it,' the same thing," Thomas said. 

Tony Steele lives several doors down from Thomas, right where the water ends. He's fed up as well. He said he also called the water department over two months ago. 

"Standing water automatically you got mosquitoes. Now we have tried to push the water out once but we can't do that every day," Steele said. 

The Cleveland Fire Department said they got a call months ago for a buckling road. It wasn't until they did a routine city wide fire hydrant inspection that they discovered the hydrant was leaking. In June, they notified the Water Department and a work order was put in. 

"They can be busy, but they're not that dog-gone busy," said Thomas. 

The Water Department now tells us the problem will be fixed by the end of this week. Of course, we will keep you posted to make sure they follow through. 

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