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Water main break causes damage in Akron

Water main break creates frozen mess (Source: WOIO) Water main break creates frozen mess (Source: WOIO)
Water main break creates frozen mess (Source: WOIO) Water main break creates frozen mess (Source: WOIO)
Water main break creates frozen mess (Source: WOIO) Water main break creates frozen mess (Source: WOIO)
BATH TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A water main break that sent a water geyser 60 feet in the air eventually created a 12 foot tall, 20 foot long mountain of ice in the back yard of a Bath Township home.

"I think I'm reliving what it must have been like in the last ice age," said homeowner Keith Rupnik.

When a water main broke across the street, the water geyser shot so high that it covered the tallest branches of the tree in Rupnik's backyard.

The ice also covered and took down a massive tree that was on Rupnik's tree lawn.

With sub zero wind chills, the water froze on contact and grew into a massive wall of ice.

Rupnik wonders when all that ice will eventually melt, "I'm hoping by May it's all gone," he said.

Rupnik is hopeful that Bath Township crews will remove the tree that was on his tree lawn.

The tree in his backyard is still standing but coated in ice. It will have to come down. It will be an expensive job.

Rupnik says he was told by officials at the Akron Water Department that they do not pay for damages even though it was an Akron water main that burst.

Rupnik was hopeful his homeowners policy would cover the clean up costs.

"The policy will only cover up to $1000. They said if I could prove there was negligence than I could take Akron to court for the deductible which is not going to be worth it. Of course, the city knows that," he said.

Rupnik is worried the cleanup will bust his budget. For now all he can do is wait for the ice to melt so he can get a crew in to give him an estimate.

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