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Extreme temperatures cause major water leak in Downtown Buffalo

Service connection to fire hydrant bursts open due to temperature swings.
Posted at 12:40 PM, Feb 01, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The extreme cold is causing pipes to burst because of freezing or being stressed from the temperature swings.

That was the case in Downtown Buffalo before noon on Friday February 1st when a service connection to a fire hydrant at Ellicott and West Mohawk burst.

The break poured a large amount of water into the streets surrounding the problem.

A city spokesperson said no customers were impacted by the break which was repaired by early afternoon.

City plows and NYSDOT crews put down salt in the affected area to minimize the amount of ice that could form.

However, several cars parked in the area, and splashed with the leaking water, will have an icy buildup on tires and doors.