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Crews working to fix Lawton's water main breaks

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LAWTON, Okla._If you drive around the city of Lawton, you'll probably see the big holes in the ground, and the streets, construction equipment, and water spewing.

Repair crews are working non-stop to fix the numerous leaks in water lines across the city.

But, in the meantime, roads with running water begin to look like a muddy stream, and with the temperatures hovering around freezing, some are beginning to look like ice rinks, and that potential danger has some citizens complaining about the city's response time.

Some of those larger breaks can take anywhere from eight hours to two days to repair.  So, while the city understands the frustration and the complaints about the   slow pace, they're asking for patience as they work through a very long list of leaks.

We have all seen the gushing water, pouring out, and running down the street.

Lawton is constantly battling burst pipes and leaks but low temperatures mixed with old pipes and shifting ground has made the problem bigger.

"Any activity that draws that movement of the ground creates the stress on the ground," said Afsaneh Jabbar, Assistant Director of Water and Waste Water.

 Some citizens are not impressed with the city and feel the slow response time is putting people in danger

"The people can barely get out of their driveways on Kinyon Street because of the big sheet of ice and somebody could get injured...and if that happens perhaps they may file a lawsuit against the city," said one citizen.

The city has their own plan of how to tackle the number of leaks....39 as of today.

"We address the main leaks as we address the main breaks. Main breaks have the highest priority, other leaks depending on where they are at and what kind of problem they can cause they are on a priority list," said Jabbar.

And Jabbar knows the problems aren't small problems.

"I don't want to say a little problem. It's a big problem for people that have to live with it but the number of people who get affected by it is how we determine our priority list," he said.

Some of the pipes in Lawton are fifty to seventy years old...but the City is attacking the problem areas and trying to keep the bursts to a minimum. 

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