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Toledo preparing for more water main breaks

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With a thaw on the way, City of Toledo crews are preparing for more water main breaks.  Toledo's aging water and sewer system will once again be put to the test as we go from bitter cold to much warmer temperatures.

There was a major break near the Anthony Wayne Trail near Glendale Thursday. The break caused a loss of 15 million gallons of water.   

"Right now my crews are working 16 hour days a lot of times trying to keep up with what's freezing and breaking now.  When the thaw comes I can't even picture what it will look like," said Don Moline the Public Utilities Commissioner.

A thaw is predicted next week so in addition to the ground shifting under all the snow and streets serious leaks and situations may be hiding.  People don't know it now but you will certainly notice it in the next few weeks.

"You could have water leaks running right now and the ground acts like a concrete barrier to keep them out and suddenly it thaws you'll find water main breaks that maybe running right now but we haven't seen them yet," said Moline.    

This kind of talk has people worried about the dreaded sinkhole something we saw up close and personal this summer when a hole devoured a car and the woman inside.  As the I-team discovered back in November, the sinkhole danger is constant in Toledo with water and sewer lines that date back to the 1800s.  But this time the sinkhole is not the real concern.

"I understand they are troublesome but I've got the 75 people with frozen services right now we're trying to get out and we're trying to keep the water flowing," said Moline. 

If you see a dip in the street, a drop you haven't seen in the past call city crews.  It could be a sign that something below the ground is happening and maybe they work on a problem before it turns into a bigger disaster.

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