DETROIT (WWJ) – A water main break is causing trouble for drivers and residents on Detroit’s east side.

The break happened Wednesday afternoon at Iroquois and East Warren, south of I-94.

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Local resident 85-year-old Earnest Sanders says he’s lived near the intersection for half-a-century and he’s never dealt with something like this.

“I was seeing about 15, 20 feet of water coming down, and I’m getting a little disturbed about it because I’ve been in this area over  50-some years, and I’ve never had water in my basement,” Sanders said. “If this water keeps running like it is, it’s gonna be spreading everywhere.”

Another neighbor, James Coleman told WWJ Newsradio 950 what he saw before 2 p.m.

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“On one side of the street there’s all water coming out along the sidewalk, and on the other side it’s coming out of the street,” he said. “It looks like it just wanna burst, and it’s just coming up out of the ground. The traffic’s going so fast, and it’s slippery out there.”

Drives traveling that area should proceed through the intersection with caution.

WWJ is awaiting word from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department on an estimated repair time.

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