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Water-main break closes roads in Ogdensburg


A water-main break damaged a portion of David Street and Pickering streets in Ogdensburg late Wednesday night.

A dozen neighbors gathered round to watch the water flood Pickering Street down to State Street and West South Street shortly before 10 p.m.

“I came out 45 minutes after it happened,” said Larry G. Mitchell who lives two blocks away on Congress Street. “Several neighbors and I called the police twice, the fire department once and no one showed up for over an hour-and-a-half.”

When dirt from beneath the road had washed away and water began bursting through the cracks in the middle of the road, Mr. Mitchell and several residents became concerned for drivers passing through the street and begin redirecting traffic.

“I’ve seen the street sink several inches since I have been out here,” Mr. Mitchell said at 11 p.m. “And still no one has come by to at least direct traffic or block off the streets off.”

Thomas R. Tracy, who lives at the Corner of Pickering and David streets, said he heard a bubbling noise coming from David Street when he came home at 10:30 p.m. After calling the fire department and the police, he and several other neighbors grabbed flashlights and directed traffic.

“The road could easily wash away at this point if any weight is applied to it,” Mr. Tracy said. “It’s too dangerous to be on. And no one seems to care. Crews just seem to be passing the buck.”

Ogdensburg police arrived after 11:15 p.m. to block off the streets.

City Department of Public Works crews arrived at 11:30 p.m. to find the source of the break. The extent of the damage was unknown as of midnight.

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