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Neighbors 'trapped' after water main break causes icy, dangerous path in Hillsboro

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A water main break turned a Hillsboro road into a sheet of ice ( Credit:KMOV) A water main break turned a Hillsboro road into a sheet of ice ( Credit:KMOV)
A water main break turned a Hillsboro road into a sheet of ice ( Credit:KMOV) A water main break turned a Hillsboro road into a sheet of ice ( Credit:KMOV)

HILLSBORO, MO (KMOV.com)--  A group of Hillsboro neighbors are concerned about the thick layer of ice now covering the road to their homes after a water main break at a nearby mobile home park.

Bryan Rudy says he and his neighbors noticed the water gushing towards their street four days ago--now it’s frozen solid. Not only is there a thick layer of ice covering the street, but parts of people’s yards.

“We contacted the water department they came out,” he said, adding they told him, “’there’s no water break here, it’s coming from the trailer park next door.”

The water was coming from a break in a private well. Rudy says he found the property owner’s phone number and called them.

“They said that they were handling the problem,” he said. “It’s not happening.”

 Rick Newton is especially concerned about what would happen in an emergency situation since the break occurred.

 "We have had several emergency calls on this street recently," he said, "and if somebody is in need they're going to be in a lot of trouble." 

He hasn't been to drive his car up the icy hill all day. 

"We have some elderly people down here," said Rudy, "and if they need to get out they can’t get out." 

News 4 contacted the owners of Leonard’s Mobile Home Park and left several messages that haven’t been answered.  

While at the neighborhood, just two minutes away from the mobile home park, a woman claiming to be the mobile home park’s manager showed up in a minivan carrying several bags of salt.

She says they just heard about the situation from the city a day ago, and after were told a salt truck can’t get through the ice on the road to pour salt.

The woman decided to show up and pour salt on the road herself instead, saying that’s all they can do.

“I don’t think they realize how big of an issue it really is,” said Newton. “So it’s really frustrating.”

Some neighbors face an even bigger concern, as water is beginning to seep through some of the concrete.  

“It could be undermining the driveway,” said Rudy, “undermining the retaining wall.”

Rudy and his neighbors only hope the owners can continue to provide relief.

“All we’re really wanting is the problem solved,” he said, “and salt the road and own up to it and help us out.” 

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