Water turned into ice overnight as maintenance crews scraped the parking lot of the Corning Center on Wednesday morning following a water main break on Tuesday night.
The area was flooded and building staff said it looked like a river. Hours later, sidewalks looked like an ice skating rank with Denison Parkway experiencing freezing as well.
Just before 8:00 P.M. Tuesday night, crews were called to the scene. The City of Corning Police Department shut down nearby roads because of the ice which has since been removed. The Department of Public Works and the City of Corning Fire Department worked into the early hours of the morning to put a stop to the break on Cluthra Lane.
It took until 4:30 A.M. to remedy the situation and Larry Wagner, superintendent of Public Works, gives the reason for the break.
“Cold weather,” Wagner said. “It was very cold.”
As of 1:00 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, four properties were on a boil water advisory including the the Corning Center. The nursing home houses full-time and short-term residents, but agencies worked quickly enough to prevent water from entering the building.
“The residents weren’t even really aware,” Administrator Angie Harrison said. “There were a few people that were awake that were kind of watching the action out in the parking lot, but they weren’t even aware. There was no disruption in service at all.”
The water is back up and running, but not safe to drink just yet. With an emergency preparedness plan, the Corning Center has had bottled water and juice on deck.
The city is proud of the quick, efficient action preventing matters from getting worse.
“We’re fortunate here in the City of Corning to have the people we have because we’ve got a talented group of all the departments,” Wagner said. “Of course, I’m proud of Public Works because those folks do a good job.”
Water samples must be tested for two days a in a row with appropriate results before deeming it safe enough to drink which is expected on Friday.
Until then, those impacted must boil water it for one minute before consuming.