- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A broken water main flooded a several-block area in southwest Detroit on Tuesday, trapping several cars.

Among the vehicles trapped by the rising water from the city’s latest water main break was a police car, which crews pushed from the icy water using a construction vehicle. The air temperature was about 12 degrees on Tuesday morning.

WWJ-AM, relying on a survey of the area from helicopter, said flooding affected an area roughly five blocks by three blocks. No injuries were reported.

The office of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the valves have been closed and work crews will clear the area for repairs. Most streets, the statement said, should reopen by the evening.

Michael Hooks’ taxi got stuck in the water-ice mixture, and the 55-year-old Detroit resident said he was rescued by a firefighter.

“The fireman came and got me out - put me on his shoulder,” Hooks said. “Thank you, Detroit firemen.”

Such breaks have been common in Detroit amid the persistent cold. On Friday, street flooding caused by a water main break on the city’s east side left several vehicles stuck in water and ice, prompting a rescue by police officers on construction equipment.

Meanwhile, a water main break Tuesday in Bay City closed a five-block stretch.

“There’s about 4 feet of frost on the ground, and even the slightest temperature swing can break an old line,” Terry Kilburn, the city’s sewer maintenance supervisor, told The Bay City Times. “We’re dealing with old infrastructure, and it’s not uncommon this time of year to see a hole blown in one of the lines.”

Several area Bay City homes were without water service because of the repair work. Crews were repairing a second water main break in a different Bay City neighborhood.

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