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Woman says leak in her street is causing major safety concerns

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Changes in the weather have some Kansas City, KS, residents worried about their safety, saying they've seen leaks in the middle of their streets for weeks.

The residents near 48th Street and Parkview Avenue say the utility company has been out to inspect the problem, but it hasn't been fixed.

With highs reaching 60 degrees Wednesday, ice from the leak has been melting, but a KCK woman said her driveway has been a sheet of ice for three weeks because of a leak that's causing water to cover the street and run down her driveway.

Linda Lewellen said, as of Wednesday afternoon, the problem hadn't been fixed and she fears the upcoming weekend cold weather will cause another ice hazard outside of her home.

"I am scared to death of ice. I broke an ankle before. I am petrified of ice, period," Lewellen said.

The house has been Lewellen's home for 33 years, but she said this is the first time she's felt trapped in her own home and it's all because of a thick sheet of ice covering her driveway and street.

"There's no way of getting my car out of the driveway and I'm scared to go to the car to make sure it was OK," she said.

Lewellen said she called Kansas City Board of Public Utilities or BPU twice in the last three weeks to report the problem and they sent out a worker to investigate.

"What's taking so long to fix it? He said they put order in and I guess it's lost in the shuffle. That's what he told me," she said.

Lewellen has been waiting and waiting for the issue to be resolved. Wednesday the problem was temporarily melting away, but as the cold weather makes a comeback this weekend, her frustration is heating up.

"I'm a person, I give BPU plenty of money over the years and I expect them to come out and fix it and not play games with me," she said.

BPU said the problem has been identified at the house across the street from Lewellen's. They have sent two notices to the house, one on Nov. 21 and one on Dec. 17, letting them know they have to repair the damaged water line that's on their property.

The person living there said she has contacted her landlord and is waiting to hear back from him. In the meantime, BPU said they were then sending a crew over to the neighboring house to shut off the water to help address Lewellen's problems.

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