Water running at vacant home creates ice flow

Pipe bursts making abandoned home an ice palace
Water freezes inside and outside of home (Source: WOIO)
Water freezes inside and outside of home (Source: WOIO)

EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A burst water pipe flooded an abandoned East Cleveland home, but for neighbors getting that water turned off was more frustrating than the frozen mess.

Shannon Marshall lives next door to the house and said she's had enough.

"I didn't pay it no attention until I started hearing the water running and it sounded like it was a waterfall in my driveway," she said.

Marshall says the water has been running at this East Cleveland home for months. She's been trying to get someone out here since last December.

"I contacted the water department to let them know that no one lived here and that water was just running and no one came out. So I contacted the City, no one came out. I called 911, no one came out," Marshall said.

So she called Cleveland 19 and within hours, Cleveland Water Department sent someone to shut the water off. The department said it had no record of anyone's calls and only found out about this Monday evening.

How long has the water been running? At least three months the neighbor said.

"Minimum. I think six months since the last tenants left," said Marshall.

Some of the water has seeped into her own home which is right next door.

"I just know that it's wet and it ain't never been wet before," she said.

A closer look inside the house shows quite a bit of damage.

"Everything is just, ceilings are falling, just dry walls coming down, paints peeling, it's just ice all in the inside," said Marshall.

She's glad the water is off but now worries about how this will affect the rest of the neighborhood.

"It's just unattractive, anytime anybody pull up in my driveway they looking at it like what is that? It's not me, I can't do anything about it, it just looks atrocious," she said.

The Cuyahoga County Auditor's website shows the owner purchased the home in 2009 for $800.

The Cleveland Water Department said there's no account for the home and it's vacant. They said no one will be charged for the water and it will just be a loss.

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