Ice Hazard Haunts Metro Neighborhood

An icy hazard in a northwest Omaha neighborhood has drivers worried about damage to their cars and possible crashes.

Tamara Haver said, “Being right next to a stop sign and fire hydrant, I don't think it’s very safe."

The half block of ice was created by what the city calls an illegal drain in the curb. Neighbors say it’s been flowing for months and it’s a real hazard in the winter.

Haver told us, “My car hit the big bump earlier today and I thought the whole bottom of my car was going to come out."

A Sanitary Improvement District governs the neighborhood but Omaha codes apply and the plumbing inspector sent notice to the homeowner closest to the drain to stop the runoff in five days or the case will flow to the city prosecutor

The ice in the middle of the Grebe Street glacier is hard and thick, measuring six to seven inches. Douglas County crews have salted, sanded and may scrape away the ice as temperatures rise. But the roads supervisor says it’s up to the SID to eliminate the hazard.

Neighbor Mike Kozial said there’s a, “bunch of three-foot by three-foot craters in the middle of it."

Danielle Dillon is another neighbor who wants the ice gone.

“I've been going into her lawn and going around because that dip is so bad," she said.

Kozial tells us, “We got ourselves and ice speed bump."

Fact Finders talked to the surprised homeowner getting the city notice. He assumed it was a neighborhood drain and not just for his sump pump. It was there when he bought the house but he says he wants to do what's right and had plumbers scheduled to be on out Friday.


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