The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 10, 2013

City plugs leak that left big sheet of ice

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — City crews have patched up a leaking pipe that coated an adjacent road with ice.

At the corner of Wallace and Ritchie, about a block north of Meadowlake Park, the leak accumulated in an ice sheet as the below-freezing temperatures set in last week.

By Monday, the sheet was several inches thick and had large potholes. The roads both lead into residential areas and are elevated from Rupe. A rivulet of ice was visible this week running alongside Wallace toward Rupe.

City spokesman Steve Kime said the city first learned about the leak on Dec. 3. It was checked out the next day and workers fixed the leak Tuesday, according to a work order.

The city’s water superintendent for water reclamation, Ron Osmus, will contact road crews to salt and sand the slick area, Kime said.

In a statement, foreman Bert Leckie said the leak originally was called in as a smaller meter leak, but upon inspection, it turned out to be a service line leak.

It therefore required more intensive work, including a backhoe, for repair.

“All has been done and repaired,” Kime said.