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Last week, we had below zero temperatures with dangerous wind chills.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
How much will it cost for the city to repair the water main that broke in downtown Columbus last week?
The 24-inch water main broke near the intersection of North 4th Street and East Gay Street on Jan. 6.
The water main that supplied water to business and government buildings downtown was broken on what was quickly becoming the coldest night in years.
SLIDESHOW: Water Main Break Floods Downtown Streets
For drivers it was horribly inconvenient, and for walkers it was downright dangerous with frigid temperatures and wind chills that caused freezing problems.
Here’s what it will cost the city and thus the taxpayers:
Labor alone will cost about $11,000.
It was an all-hands-on-deck scenario and most of the city workers were on overtime. Fuel and equipment was just more than $11,000.
A new water main, plus the cost of filling it in and repairing the street will cost slightly more at just under $12,000.
In all, the break will cost about $34,000.
Fire and police department personnel were also there, but most of the cost comes from public utilities, which had everything pretty much back to normal in about 24 hours.
I often talk about how I wish I lived in an area where I could live and walk to work. If I had conditions like this, it would have been very difficult. Luckily, I didn’t have to drive that week. My car is 20 years old so I was dropped off. My area of town didn’t have any bad conditions to deal with.