CLEVELAND - The repair work and the cleaning up continues following a water main break that shut down a residential street in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. A break of a 24-inch main line flooded East 120th street, between Mayfield and Coltman Road Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, Cleveland Water crews were working on repairs to the main. They found that 15 feet of the pipe will have to be replaced.
And while they were working outside, people like Joe Pinzone were cleaning up inside. He found there was little he could do when water flooded the basement of the multi-family home he owns. He is doubtful anything can be salvaged. “Destroyed everything; my washer, dryer, hot water tanks, furnace -- all personal property was floating,” Pinzone said.
Without heat and electricity, Pinzone's eight tenants, including his mother, have been displaced. And, it may be several days before they can come back. “This is a bad situation,” he added.
It was also a bad situation for Marcos Abreo. His car was parked on the street when the water main burst. “There was definitely water that got into the exhaust. Got about an inch or two of water inside the car. It's frozen solid in there now. Just trying to see if it's salvageable or not," Abreo said.
Water has been restored to the homes on East 120th Street and there is no boil alert. Interim Commissioner of Water Alex Margevicius said replacing the main line is expected to take another day. "We have on site on the replacement new 24 inch ductal piece that will be dropped in. But, the actual restoration of the street, the hole – that’s going to take some time”. Commissioner Margevicius said depending on the weather and the work that needs to be done, East 120th Street may not re-open until mid-week.