Water Main Breaks Don’t Take Holidays, So Neither Does DPW

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 3:44 pm
Alice Dreger

East Lansing residents signed up for the Nixle emergency alert system received notification this morning from ELPD of a water main break at Walbridge Drive and Old Mill Road in Whitehills. This afternoon, while many in East Lansing were enjoying a warm indoor holiday, a Department of Public Works (DPW) crew was out in the snowy cold working on repairing the line.

Shown left to right above are Dave Pope, Ken Johnson, Scott Dunn, and Kevin Farmer. This repair crew followed up on prep work done earlier to mark utilities before digging. Below is one of the trucks brought out for the emergency repair.

City offices are officially closed until Wednesday morning and will be closed again next Monday and Tuesday for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. (Whether your trash and curbside-recycling collection is normally on a Tuesday or Wednesday, this week and next, yours will be on Wednesday.)

While the City website says DPW is closed today along with most City’s offices’ closures, the fact is that DPW never stops working where water delivery and sewer management is concerned. The same is true in terms of snow and ice management and emergency services provided by ELPD and ELFD, both of which are, of course, staffed today.


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