Someone is opening fire hydrants, allowing water to spill out. In this weather, the water is freezing over the roads. In a week's time, the Collinsville Fire Department says someone has opened fire hydrants along Lebanon Road four times.
If it's a prank, the fire department is not amused.
Firefighters worry about wrecks caused by water freezing on the road and a loss of water pressure if there is a fire. The city's water department adds that residents are noticing lower water pressure once a hydrant is opened. The vandals usually strike at night, so the gushing hydrant may go unnoticed for long periods of time.
Several months ago: the fire department says someone opened hydrants and flooded Lebanon Road over the summer. While some residents we talked to assume it's a teenage prank, the fire department won't speculate about a possible suspect or suspects.
If you notice suspicious activity around a hydrant, you're asked to call Collinsville Police at 618-344-2131 or the Collinsville Fire Department at 618-346-5022.