Sunday, October 16, 2011

We Question the Timing

  • A South Side street has been closed today after a water main that was nearly a century old broke and flooded the street, officials said.

    The break of a 24-inch water main occurred about 8:30 a.m. this morning at 47th Street and South Loomis Boulevard in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to Tom Laporte, a spokesman for the city Department of Water Management, closing 47th Street between Racine and Ashland avenues.

    Loomis, which runs south out of the T-shaped intersection, remains open, he said, except for a small area just south of the intersection. But 47th, which buckled because of the break, is "impassable."

    [...]He said no customers in the area are without water service.
Rahm announces a $2.8 billion long-overdue upgrade/repair of Chicago's water system to be paid for by doubling city and suburban water rates, then coincidentally, a 24" main breaks, but no customers are affected. This is just too convenient, says the suspicious mind.



Anonymous bobbo said...

If those in the suburbs don't wish to pay, let them drink from the Fox or Desplaines rivers.

10/16/2011 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not get some of that unspent 'stimulus' money his old boss was tossing around?

10/16/2011 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh, are we channeling Art Bell?!

Are posts about black helicopters, the new world order, shadow people and Chupacabras be far behind?!

Welcome to "Coast To Second City Cop AM..."

10/16/2011 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well . . afterall it is really cold outside . . uh, well maybe not that uh, that cold.

10/16/2011 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure it was just caused by all the hard working folks driving to work at 8:30 am. The road just couldn't take it anymore.

/sarcasm off.

Something is fishy and it's not me.

10/16/2011 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could break any pipe they want by turning up the water persure.

10/16/2011 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have been fixing the water main pipes on 23rd place and oakley for over a month now. Twice they ruptured the mainline and water was shooting up as high as a three story building and flooding the street.

10/16/2011 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware of the 9.5 fingered man with Racoon eyes !!!

He's a criminal disguised as mayor. Do Not Drop the Soap if Tiny Dancer is in the room. He's out to "stick it" to every taxpayer he can !!!

10/16/2011 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All it needed was one cooperative guy to go increase the pressure on that line and wait for the inevitable to happen.
And, no, it's not just you, SCC; I thought the exact same thing when I heard it on the news as I was driving.

10/16/2011 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was my thought too SCC. The media sucking up to Rahm. I also like how the media put in the age of the water main, which usually is unimportant to them.

10/16/2011 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm is using the tricks that made him famous while managing the Clinton White House. Before you know it we will be bombing aspirin factories in Maywood! Or invading Gary Indiana as a diversion for what is really going on, these are all Wag the Dog moments.

10/16/2011 01:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That little spineless bastard probably broke the pipe himself. Imagine handing out $$$2.8 Billion dollars in contracts to the connected few. These corrupt bastards must be drooling. We have been patying millions of $$$ for years as part of our water bill to do continuos work on water lines. Where the fuck did that money go? Why doesn't the media or Federal/State prosecutors ask where and why? And by the way if a large water main does break ALL water is turned off until it is fixed. Another Bullshit story to get what they want.

10/16/2011 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fiction or fact?

10/16/2011 02:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They better get one of those daley guys in there right away with an open checkbook!

Can't wait to see the billion jobs that we're gonna create over the next thousand years when all the plans get implemented.

BTW..a second Ford plant in Illinois overwhelmingly rejected the UAW contract -- that makes two illinois plants voting it down by about 75% no votes. However the voting is still said to be close.?

10/16/2011 02:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinda like the "Iranian Assassination Plot on the Saudi Ambassador" coming on the heels of the "Fast and Furious" debacle?

10/16/2011 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet this winter will be a doozy--aging water mains bursting and streets flooding and then icing over.
Thanks Richie. You were such a great Mayor taking care of your family and friends instead of the intrastracture and the citizens.

10/16/2011 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

typical rahm media grab!they are stupid to bite!!

10/16/2011 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Rahm runs a very sophisticated propaganda campaign. Another piece of this campaign was the video of a section of wooden pipe that every station showed over the last few days.

It leaves the impression on feeble minded voters that 100+ year old logs are carrying their water.

This shows exactly how stupid Rahm thinks Chicagoans are.

10/16/2011 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't Federal funds normally be used for this kind of public works project????

Something tells me that all money generated will find it's way into the general fund

10/16/2011 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Never let a good crises go to waste”. And if there is no immediate crises, create one!

10/16/2011 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, are they telling me my basement flooding was NOT the fault of global warming? Cause that's what they told us couple of months ago at the Ag school.

10/16/2011 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Dave in AP said...

Nostradamus predicted this water main break.

10/16/2011 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would have made more sense to have the disruption in 016 or 22. Its not like any one on 47th and Loomis pay their water bill or actually read a paper.

10/16/2011 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most big water mains are in a loop so if it breaks they can valve off the leak and feed from the other end.

not a cop

10/16/2011 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Rahm Emanuel said...

Never let a crisis go to waste.

10/16/2011 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow- SCC- you read my mind reading 9.5's!

10/16/2011 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth be told those one hundred year old water lines will probably last another hundred years. Like all other things back in the day they were made to last. Anything these crooked selfish jerkoff contractors put in for the city now is junk. And better yet it is all UNDERGROUND! I love it!

10/16/2011 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They have been fixing the water main pipes on 23rd Place and Oakley for over a month now. Twice they ruptured the mainline and water was shooting up as high as a three-story building and flooding the street."

--10/16/2011 12:31:00 AM

This sounds just like a large-scale version of the Williamsons, the much-loved "Irish Travelers" who have been on our country's roads for ages, going from town to town with their work trucks, knocking over old people's chimneys, then talking their way in to dismantle the perfectly good furnace.

"Sure and it's the very thing as could have exploded in the middle of the night and blown you to Kingdom Come!"

On the way out with the payment -- and any loose silverware, watches, etc. -- they spread used motor oil on the driveway "as a sealer coat."

"Isn't it your lucky day that we just happen to be comin' back from another job and have this extra material left over the boss doesn't know about."

Yeah, right.

10/16/2011 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rahm announces a $2.8 billion long-overdue upgrade/repair of Chicago's water system to be paid for by doubling city and suburban water rates, then coincidentally, a 24" main breaks, but no customers are affected."

"[Can] posts about black helicopters, the new world order, shadow people and Chupacabras be far behind?!"

--10/16/2011 12:05:00 AM

Think a moment -- it is a well-trained people indeed who silence dissent from within their own ranks by reflexively employing the "tinfoil hat" psychological smear on each other while the vast sums of stolen taxpayer money continue to flow smoothly into the pockets of the politicocriminal class.

10/16/2011 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fast & furious poster ;
Yep! The day after, the very day after Holder gets supeoned by Congress, he saves America.
Just like Barry tells DOJ to stop deportation of Hispanic illegals, then same old same, announces " voter registration " drive.
Rahm learned his lessons well.

10/16/2011 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago's Water pipes are racist.

10/16/2011 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Edison Park there was alot of flooded basements over the summer. It was interesting that there was one entire block of homes that flooded that never flooded in 50 years.

Over the past few weeks city workers have been tearing apart the street in and around this specific block and working on the sewers.

We asked the workers what was up. They told us that RATS are eating through the "new" sewer system that Daley put in. I have no idea what materials were used, but I believe the workers.

That explains the flooding. And who gets to pay for the thousands of dollars in damage done to citizens homes? We do.

10/16/2011 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure it was planned and the media eats it up... simpletons

Water mains have been breaking for a 100 years that's why we have a water department, we wake up the guys when there's a break and they fix it.

No need to double the water bill unless you're a greedy politician.

10/16/2011 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) again rahm and his crew "find" another 50 "MILLION" for pet projects but reducing police and fire is ok?

10/16/2011 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In Edison Park there was a lot of flooded basements over the summer. It was interesting that there was one entire block of homes that flooded that never flooded in 50 years."

--10/16/2011 07:30:00 PM

They still messing with those "flow restrictors" to hold water on the streets during storms "to prevent the sewers from being overloaded?"

I thought the $800,000,000,000,000 Deep Tunnel was going to take care of that.

Anyway, in August or September, 2001, a bad storm hit and Norwood/Edison was toast. Took THREE garbage trucks and a front-end loader PER BLOCK to get all the wet carpeting, torn-out paneling, and ruined furniture out of some areas, especially the stretch just west of St. Adalbert's.

When Daley brought George Bush to town to give a "go get 'em" speech out at O'Hare after 9/11, when flights resumed again, he made sure that Bush stopped at the Norwood Restaurant for lunch. The whole local population turned out crying, with balloons and teddy bears, and everyone forgot about their ruined basements.

It was brilliant.

Daley used Bush like a Kleenex, and Bush never did figure it out.

10/17/2011 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most coppers don't even know the charge ... it should be used all the time ... any time some disregards emergency vehicle

Scott's Law, 625 ILCS 5/11-907(c),
mandates that upon approaching a
stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately
flashing red, red and white, blue, or red and blue lights or amber or yellow warning lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall:
• proceed with due caution, yield the right- of- way by making a lane change into a lane not
adjacent to that of the authorized
emergency vehicle, if possible
with due regard to safety and
traffic conditions, if on a highway
having at least 4 lanes with not
less than 2 lanes proceeding in the
same direction as the approaching
• proceed with due caution, reduce
the speed of the vehicle, maintain
a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.
Scott's Law was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department
who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

10/18/2011 02:06:00 PM  

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