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Water leaking onto Ward Parkway creates dangerous icy road conditions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Water leaking out onto the roadway and freezing caused dangerous conditions for drivers Tuesday morning.

Large patches of thick ice formed on sections of Ward Parkway near Shawnee Mission Parkway after water began leaking onto the road.

Drivers continued to drive over the ice, but conditions were dangerous for several hours. There were no reported crashes.

Brook Givens with KC Water said city workers were called to a nearby residence last week on a leaking valve. The repair work, however, did not hold up and crews soon returned.

She said city workers believe that a sprinkler system was damaged while working on that issue, and that is what caused the water on Ward Parkway Tuesday morning.

Givens said Tuesday afternoon that the repair work is done on that issue and that salt has been ordered for the area.

The road is still wet, as a small 1.5″ water main is also leaking near the area. Proceed with caution.