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Water main break means many cars frozen in place

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A water main break on Jefferson Avenue and Adsum Drive has left residents of an apartment complex with vehicles stuck in a frozen parking lot lake.

Rod Haines, a tenant of Northwood Oaks apartments, said residents received a letter under their doors around 4 a.m. explaining the south parking lot was frozen solid.

"They came in here with the front-end loader and tried to push the water away, but it ended up spreading it, and it froze," said Haines. "The tires, rims, wheels, everything’s frozen solid."

Haines was able to start his car this morning, but was unable to move it. The tires were stuck to the ground.

"I was hoping I’d be able to rock it and get it out of there, but it’s not moving one bit," he said. "We’re not getting any warmer weather over the next few days, so if we don’t get it out of here, we could be here until the end of the week."

Buses going down Jefferson Avenue were rerouted, as the water levels in the morning were too high for the buses to pass through safely.

Residents also don’t have any running water, and some have been melting snow to compensate.

Crews are still working to clear the water and fix the break, but Haines thinks that they’ll have to wait until the ice melts to do anything.

"They’ve pushed a lot of the water out of here, but they’ve got to get into here(the parking lot) somehow to get to the drains and get more of it out," he said. "It’s going to be a fun couple of days, quite the way to bring in the New Year."

jesse.marks@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM CST: corrects photo credit

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