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Water main break creates havoc for drivers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Frigid temperatures are likely what caused a big mess on Spokane's South Hill this morning.

The City of Spokane says an 8 inch cast iron water main burst  at Freya near Congress around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, .... sending water everywhere and entirely blocking the major roadway to traffic.

Some neighbors, frustrated- others trying to lend a hand.

"It's not their fault, it's not their fault,” said Francesca Castillo.

Castillo was more concerned about the well being of the city street crews cleaning up this mess than she is about the new landscaping in her elderly parents back yard.

"I just went out to make sure that they were okay make sure they weren't cold. I was going to make them some coffee,” she said.

Castillo has every reason to be frustrated: 2017 has not gotten off to an easy start.

"My dad just had a pace maker placed here and my mom is with my dad and I haven't left them,” she said.

The last thing this family needs is another expense.

"The outside has mud all the way from where the hole is all the way up to one of their trees and then we have mud running all the way up from there to the front of the house here. It's about and inch or two inches thick,” she said.

Giving Castillo yet another reason to worry about the people who raised her.

"It's not so much the money as it is people coming in and out because I have therapists coming in and nurses coming in,” she said.

The home suffered no real damage, and Castillo was beyond grateful when those crews she was so kind to offered to clean up the mess outside.

"They're good people, there wasn't any delay... not at all,” she said.

The City of Spokane says they are still working in that area and because it is so cold and there is so much ice, it could be some time before the entire Freya hill re-opens.


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