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Neighbors Outraged, Seven Courts Water Main Break Freezing Over

Gushing water was reported near Hapsburg Court in the Perry Hall/Parkville area around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.)—Dozens of homeowners on Hapsburg Court in the Seven Courts neighborhood are likely to lose water service Tuesday night as crews work to repair a gushing water main break.

But some residents shared an even greater concern: that their neighborhood will be covered in a sheet of ice by Wednesday morning.  

As of 6:30 p.m., some portions of the neighborhood had already become icy. As a policy, during a water main break handled by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, the department sends salt trucks to help reduce ice on the roadway. This situation differs in that the break occurred on property managed by a homeowners association, according to PlumbCrazy foreman Dave Minnick, whose company was called in by the homeowners association to fix the break. 

"We'll start digging on it tonight, but I don't make any guarantees on when it's done," said Minnick. 

The break first started gushing water shortly before 3 p.m., according to resident Linda Fay. It not only caused frustration for Hapsburg Court residents, but also slowed traffic on Seven Courts Drive. 

"I went out here and saw it gushing. Then I saw men down there and assumed they were taking care of it. Then time kept passing and passing. A cop came out at the corner and lit flares, maybe around 5 p.m., but then he left. This has been going on for over three hours," Linda Fay said. 

Her husband Dennis Fay added, "It shouldn't be that hard to turn the water main off. We'll be playing hockey out there in the morning. I'm surprised there's not a police officer out there now." 

Resident Beth Bory also said she's worried about her children safey reaching their bus in the morning. 

"My children stand in the corner at the end of the court for their bus. There's a huge puddle there and it's probably going to ice over," Bory said. "It's dangerous already to stand on that corner, so I can only imagine how dangerous it's going to be in the morning when it's a sheet of ice. 

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UPDATE (5:30 p.m.)—Gushing water, likely caused by a water main break, near Hapsburg Court between Perry Hall and Parkville, remains under investigation by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, a city official confirmed Tuesday evening. 

The report was called in at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, one of several breaks and leaks reported as temperatures dropped below freezing. As of 5:30 p.m., repairs had not yet began, an official said. 

No further information on the break was available Tuesday evening. 

As a policy, during cold weather, the department sends salt trucks to areas with gushing water. 

Check Patch for updates. 

Emily Kimball (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM
It's a 21234 zip code in Perry Hall, just wanted to cover all my bases.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM
UPDATE: Neighbors worry the Seven Courts water main break will turn to ice overnight—and they're relying the homeowners association to pay for repairs because it's on private property. Get the details here - http://patch.com/A-1spn
Gabriel Anthony January 23, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Resident Beth Bory also said she's worried about her children safey reaching their bus in the morning? The school is only 200 feet away why can't she just walk?
SG from PH January 23, 2013 at 01:12 AM
The Conway Management Co. Will handle it. They do a good job but 12 degree temp will slow any repair crew down. Be patient if you live in Seven Courts the neighbors will help you if you ask for assistance.
Gabriel Anthony January 23, 2013 at 01:12 AM
May i might ad that you should never depend on your HOA nor government to protect you or to help you when you might feel you need help.
SG from PH January 23, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Living in a communal colony be it in Perry Hall or anywhere there is a populated area for that matter requires one to be somewhat dependent on systems you have little control over. If one doesn't like to be dependent then a move to the woods in northern Canada should be in your plans; however you'll have to depend on the roads, bridges and the graces of the Canadian government to allow you into their country. Not all government is bad, not all repair companies are rip off artists; have faith in the system and trust your fellow man. Trust your neighbor until you know they are not trust worthy. Treat this minor inconvenience as an adventure - I am just happy it is not an electrical issue, if it were an electrical problem and this cold we would have plumbing problems too.
Hardy Wright January 23, 2013 at 02:21 AM
This is for other Tim a lot of people don't realize that Baltimore County School system sends kids that live near Seven Oaks to Gunpowder. At least they did a few years ago when we lived there. They alternate streets going down Seven Courts to the two different schools
Dean Jones Jr. January 23, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Other Tim, I can't speak for the lady in the story, but perhaps her kids are in middle school or high school and don't go to Seven Oaks. Also, I live across Seven Courts Drive, so when/if I have kids, they'll go by bus to Seven Oaks, I believe because there are no crosswalks for them to cross Seven Courts Drive. Also, Emily, minor cx needed in the 7:30 p.m. update: It's Hapsburg Court (also in the photos). Thanks!
SG from PH January 23, 2013 at 03:01 AM
These things are anticipated in the budget and we do have cash reserves for emergencies. There was a time many years back when we had extraordinary snow removal costs and had to have a one time assessment and it was not that much $25 per home (368 homes). I can't wait until the roads have to be fully repaved which will a million plus, until that time patch baby patch!
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Many thanks for the close reading, Dean. I've fixed the typos. Apologies for the mistake.
B January 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Sounds like Dennis Fay should get down there himself and turn it off rather than sit in his warm house knowing it all for 3 hours.
Dennis Fay January 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Hmmm... who might this "B" to criticize openly? FYI... I didn't get home until 5:45, so I only sat on my ass for 15 minutes and that was in my vehicles, shuffling them around to get them out of the ice pond !
Dennis Fay January 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Oh and more FYI... It only took them about 30 minutes after showing up to get things under control, I was thinking this was going to be a major issue but to the credit of the crews working the scene, great job. They had the water back on before my wife went to bed and the salt trucks knocked down the inevitable ice pond to where we can all go to work and school today! Again, great job guys!!!!!
Gregg Roberts January 23, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Excuse me the gentleman doesn't work for Public Works. He has every right in the world to sit in his warm home as long as he wishes too! ''B'' probably stands for Baltimore City Public Works the people who are PAID to be out in the cold and due their job. It's not for residents to do someone elses job for them! Talk about arrogance.
Tracey January 23, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Actually it is pretty much this: from Joppa Road, all students on the inner loop of Seven Courts Speedway go to Seven Courts Elementary and all on the outer loop go to Gunpowder Elementary. At least until about Northwind then it's all Seven Courts Elementary for a few then Carney and Parkville have some jurisdictions farther up.
Conway Management January 23, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Your welcome
Brian L January 23, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Good thing that the grammar and spelling police aren't patrolling this thread!
Gabriel Anthony January 24, 2013 at 03:43 AM
We should have a big Perry Hall patch party and a boxing ring for those who want to dook it out. lol
Dennis Fay January 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM
I'm down for that, I'm a private Party Dj and would love to MC, we could get the oversized padded SUMO wrestler costumes and bounce our ideas off one another, literally!!! What do you think Emily?
B January 28, 2013 at 02:12 PM
So you don't find it arrogant a person that doesn't have any training or knowledge of the problem thinks "It shouldn't be that hard to turn the water main off" Thats like saying that fire shouldn't be that hard to put out. Shouldn't be hard to stop that bank robber. Unless Mr Fay has first hand knowledge of what is wrong and training on how to fix it I find his comments arrogant. You are right. It isn't a residents job to do someones elses. Its also not their job to tell them how quickly something should be done either.

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