Lake officials come to rescue of frozen out Lake Station homes

2014-02-14T09:36:00Z 2014-02-14T22:22:37Z Lake officials come to rescue of frozen out Lake Station homesBy Bill Dolan, (219) 662-5328
February 14, 2014 9:36 am  • 

LAKE STATION | Two local residents finally have running water in their homes nearly a week after frozen utility pipes left them high and dry.

Vicky Hazzard, of the 3300 block of 34th Ave., thanked Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen's staff and LGS Plumbing of Crown Point for the repairs that got water flowing into her house and that of her neighbor.

She and her neighbor were among several homeowners whose water service was stopped early this week by ice in underground water lines run by the town of New Chicago.

Hazzard said her initial complaints to the town were met with explanations they aren't responsible for the lines.

She called the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to pressure to town into action, but she said the efforts of a plumber working for the town were ineffective because heat applied to the lines through an above-ground connection wasn't strong enough to melt ice underground.

She said LGS used a backhoe to dig out the line running to her and a neighbor's house and applied an electrical charge directly to the underground line that finally got water running. "The first thing I did was run the dishwasher so we have clean dishes to eat off of," Hazzard said.

Milan Grozdanich, director of the Lake County Economic Development Department, said he hired LGS to help the residents at the request of Commissioner Roosevelt Allen, D-Gary. He said the work likely will cost around $500 for each of the two homes.

Allen, who is running for re-election this year, said, "It is the duty of public servants to help people with problems that are the responsibility of government."

Sharon Marrs, of the 2500 block of 36th Avenue, Lake Station, who has not had water since Jan. 31, said she was told by the town of New Chicago they will be digging underground to repair her problem Monday.

New Chicago provides drinking water to hundreds homes in town, Hobart and Lake Station.

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