Watch out for water main breaks

FLINT TWP. — There have been three water main breaks in or near the township in the past week and Fire Chief John Ringwelski warns that it may be just the beginning.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said two water main breaks on Linden Road have resulted in partial lanes closures for a week.

The most recent break occurred on Monday on Linden Road, just south of Beecher Road. The Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s Office has closed multiple lanes while repairs are made that could take up to a week, if not delayed by weather conditions. Two northbound lanes and only one southbound lane, will remain open.

Motorists using this route are advised to allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations or seek an alternate route.

Additionally, there was a water main break on Feb. 1 on Linden Road just north of Pasadena Avenue in Mt. Morris Township. That also resulted in multiple lane closures estimated take about one week to repair, depending on the weather.

A third break occurred on Jan. 28 on Corunna Road at Darling Street, flooding the street.

“We want to remind people that this is the time of year when we get those,’’ Chief Ringwelski said of the breaks. “I don’t expect this to be the last.”

Anyone who sees running water or a pool of water getting larger should report it right away, he said. The longer the wait, the worse it gets.

The same goes for leaking fire hydrants or those with icicles hanging off of them. Report it right away, he said.

Miller added that an emergency number for Sewer and Water is posted on the township’s website. She said an advisory notice also will be placed on the door of the township hall.

“Sometimes people come here in a panic, not knowing what to do,’’ she said.

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