Photos: Saturday Water Main Break Floods Metra Tracks

A reader shared these pictures of the aftermath of a break in downtown Western Springs.

A water main in downtown Western Springs broke early on Saturday morning, flooding the Village downtown, including the BNSF Metra tracks.

Patch reader Jacob Metzger sent us the above photos, taken around 9 a.m. on Saturday. Metzger said that the break occurred at Hillgrove Avenue and Wolf Road, and temporarily disabled the Lawn Avenue crossing gates.

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plumbers daughter February 18, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Whats the latest with our "NEW and IMPROVED" water system? Who's in charge of keeping us updated? When will it be safe to replace household items that have been ruined by our water over the last year? Who's paying for all these water main breaks? Will our taxes go up to cover the costs of the breaks?
Joseph Glynn February 18, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Will our water pressure ever go up?
Stephanie Holt February 18, 2013 at 03:55 PM
plumbers daughter, you can find water plant construction updates on the village website here: http://wsprings.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=71 They last posted a status update on February 5.Also, I see on the calendar there is a meeting on Wednesday the 20th of the Public Works committee.
Mouse February 18, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Fellow Western Springers, this is what you have to look forward to. Multiple system failures, haphazard patchwork repairs and potentially hazardous water. And it only cost us $6 million! These people have no idea what they are doing.
Mouse February 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Stephanie, what possible good does attending these meetings or reading the website do? They don't listen to anyone besides themselves and the hacks they hire as "consultants" and the website is so thoroughly scrubbed of any potentially embarrassing information that it is worthless.
Stephanie Holt February 18, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Well, I'm not arguing with you Mouse, I'm as fed up as everyone else. I worry about the high fluoride levels from the one well, and I am keeping fingers crossed that my water heater holds out just a bit longer. But the website posting did explain why the water deteriorates so badly at night and on weekends, because they are bypassing treatment - since no one is there to keep an eye on it. I too would like to know why we are plagued with water main breaks the last months. My sympathies to the businesses on Hillgrove and Burlington.
Chester kaczynski February 18, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I want my water pressure back, and I have to replace my water heater....
Chester kaczynski February 18, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Mouse- you're right. We only accentuate the positive and suppress the negative. Tell me. How does a million gallons of water leak from a water tower? Is there no monitoring of water pressure at the pump house? It would have been nice to get notified the softening system was up and operating again, too.
Jacob Metzger February 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Chester, Their is such an monitoring of the water pressure at the Water Works and at the Village Hall in the 911 office. It appears the alarm "failed" at the time of the watermain breaking there.
Matt Villicana February 19, 2013 at 02:27 AM
There are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS water main breaks along Hillgrove in the winter time... You think they would have repaired or improved the water mains before resurfacing Hillgrove last summer? But no, they would rather dig holes into their newly resurfaced road.
Paulette Delcourt February 19, 2013 at 04:19 AM
In the 17 years we've lived here, never saw so much trouble. What gives?
Mouse February 19, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Paulette, in a word: Incompetence. And Jacob, I have it on good authority that they had the alarms disconnected so there was no monitoring at all. That's why they are so paranoid about running the RO plant with nobody there...they can't monitor it remotely. It's a six million dollar joke on all of us.
Jacob Metzger February 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Matt, The amount of money it takes to completly redo something like that is rather large, Look at Bluff Ave in La Grange, that took 3 years. They had to completly strip the road, underserface and sewage piping to get to the watermains. Western Springs (From what i know with their poor planing) it would take almost 5 or 6 for that to be possible.


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