Water main breaks in Streeterville neighborhood - FOX 32 News Chicago

Water main breaks in Streeterville neighborhood

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A water main break at a Streeterville intersection Thursday afternoon briefly flooded nearby streets.

The 12-inch main below the intersection of McClurg Court and Ohio Street broke sometime before 3:45 p.m., Dept. of Water Management spokesman Tom LaPorte said.

Because ice and snow were blocking catch basins, the water flowed onto nearby streets, briefly closing Ohio Street between Columbus Avenue and Inner Lake Shore Drive.

The water has since drained away and Department of Streets & Sanitation crews are salting the area, LaPorte said.

The pipe date to 1932, LaPorte said. Age and weather conditions could both be factors in the break.

"We have an old infrastructure made up of cast iron pipes, a quarter of which are more than a century old," he said.

Crews won't know for sure what caused it until utilities give them the approval to safely dig down to the site of the break.

No one is without water service because most high-rise buildings in the area have a second provider, he said.

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