DETROIT (WWJ) – Part of West Jefferson Avenue resembled the Detroit River, following a water main break Thursday morning. Crews spent the morning trying to get the water to recede on West Jefferson at Rosa Parks Boulevard. There’s not much traffic that travels along that
stretch of roadway, however, it is the only entrance-way to TransFlow, a local business which transfers freight to and from rail cars to trucks.
There were trucks lined up on Rosa Parks waiting to get in and out. “My truck is behind that gate. I can’t even get to it,” said Dave Simmons, who drives for Bulk Transit.
He added, “Once they’re able to shut the water off, then they have to assess the road and make sure that it’s able to be truck safe. So there’s no telling how long it will be before we’re able to get in.”
Reporting from the scene, WWJ’s Mike Campbell said water flooded the area so quickly, that a man who was fishing in the area became trapped in his van and had to be rescued.
That man is said to be OK, but his van remained in the water later in the morning. It was not immediately clear what caused the water main break.