January 6, 2014 6:11 pm
Updated: January 7, 2014 12:10 am

Crews work to free frozen cars in South Winnipeg neighbourhood

Crews work to free cars from frozen street after watermain break on South Osbourne and Maplewood Ave Monday night

Crews work to free cars from frozen street after watermain break on South Osbourne and Maplewood Ave Monday night

Chris Stanton / Global News

WINNIPEG- City crews worked to steam cars free that were frozen in their tracks Monday night after a water main break flooded the street earlier in the day.

The water main break that caused a slushy, watery mess and slowed traffic in south Osborne during Monday’s rush hour, turned into a frozen lake by Monday night.

Freezing any cars that had not been moved out of the slush where they were parked.

Water quickly filled up Maplewood Avenue just east of Osborne Street Monday afternoon. Water was also flowing out onto Osborne and steam from the leak was causing visibility problems on the major southbound commuter route out of downtown.

A mess on Osborne St. in Winnipeg after a water main break on Monday January 6, 2014

Chris Stanton

The city had the leak under control Monday night but it initially took time to find it, a city spokesperson said.

“These arctic winter conditions continue to make the leaks more difficult to find and to excavate, and adds time to the repair process,” Alissa Clark said in a statement emailed to Global News.

The city couldn’t say whether the repair was complete of if area residents were without water late Monday.

With temperatures remaining below minus-20, ice and slippery conditions will also be a problem.

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