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.
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.