Water main break in Kingsford


Staff Writer

KINGSFORD – Frost in the ground caused a water main break Tuesday afternoon in the city of Kingsford.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. at the intersection of Breitung Avenue and Hooper Street.

Kingsford City Manager Tony Edlebeck said that it is not unusual to see this type of problem at this time of the year.

“With the frost going in there’s a strain on the ground,” he explained. “You start seeing mains breaking.”

The break caused temporary flooding on a section of the 100 block of Hooper Street.

Edlebeck said that some residents had flooding in their yards, but he had not heard of any flooding inside homes.

He added that residents from the Breitung and Garden Village areas of Kingsford, as well as the East Kingsford area of Breitung Township, experienced reduced water pressure and some water discoloration.

However, Edlebeck pointed out that the issue is now under control.

“We isolated it last night so no one was out of water,” he said. “We’re digging to make the repair now.”

Edlebeck hopes to have repairs completed today.

So far, no water boil advisories have been issued. Edlebeck said that he has been in contact with the health department and will continue to monitor the situation.

Responding to the scene were the Kingsford Department of Public Works and the Kingsford Public Safety Department.

A similar incident occurred in Iron Mountain Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Iron Mountain Fire Department were called to Victorian Pines Estates at 800 East Grant Street for a broken sprinkler pipe in the electrical room in the building’s basement.

The call came in at 1:38 p.m.

Firefighters shut the water and electricity off. They then used a generator from their truck to power a sump pump to remove the two inches of water that had accumulated in the basement.

The bitter cold temperatures that contributed to the incidents are predicted to continue into Thursday.

There is a wind chill advisory in effect for Dickinson and Iron counties from 6 p.m. tonight through 11 a.m. Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), wind chill values will fall to between 25 degrees below zero to 34 degrees below zero.

In Florence and Marinette counties, there is a wind chill advisory in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday. Wind chill values in that region are expected to be between 20 degrees below zero to 35 degrees below zero, the NWS reports.

The NWS warns that temperatures that cold can cause frostbite on exposed skin within 20 to 30 minutes and lead to hypothermia.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.