EASTPOINTE (WWJ) – Repair crews are fighting negative temperatures while trying to fix a water main break in Eastpointe.

The water main break at Gratiot Avenue and 9 Mile Road was discovered around 9 p.m. Thursday. As a result, the right four lanes on northbound Gratiot Avenue are closed, leaving just one lane open to traffic. Eastbound 9 Mile Road is also closed west of Gratiot.

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Tony Price, supervisor of public works in Eastpointe, said crews struggled to work through temperatures that were well below zero overnight. He said the water spilling out from the eight-inch main is quickly freezing over, complicating things even more.

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“We’re having a difficult time because we’ve got gas there, we’ve got fiber optics there, all these street lights are here, I mean, it’s like tiptoeing through a landmine field here,” Price told WWJ’s Mike Campbell, adding that the break probably won’t be fixed until later Friday .

With the wind chill factored in, temperatures are hovering around 20 to 15 degrees below zero Friday morning. A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect through 4 p.m. Friday. [READ MORE]

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